Tension is mounting in Lyon.
A "Dalton" was arrested on Wednesday for "mortar fire" against the police, on the sidelines of a demonstration opposed to a direct from the CNews channel.
This is a program with Jordan Bardella, the president of the National Rally, which was to be held in a district of Lyon, according to a police source.
The man, suspected of "violence with a weapon on a person holding public authority", was taken into police custody.
The “Dalton” collective, a group of rappers from Lyon known for provoking the police by wearing the striped yellow and black costume of the comic strip convict bandits, announced an action on their Instagram account on Tuesday.
At the same time, anti-fascist groups in Lyon called on social networks for mobilization against the arrival of Jordan Bardella.
LYON - Umbrellas are used to protect @morandiniblog and @J_Bardella after several firecracker / projectile throws.
The demonstrators are pushed back.
#FaceALaRue #Morandini https://t.co/cPZMDKNXlg pic.twitter.com/gUmX79E3dv
- Clément Lanot (@ClementLanot) November 24, 2021
This Wednesday, a hundred demonstrators gathered at the planned location of the filming of the second edition of the show “Face à la Rue” by CNews, under the close surveillance of police and CRS, mobilized to maintain order. .
The program, during which Jean-Marc Morandini visits with personalities what the CNews channel considers as “lawless areas”, took place without incident in the Guillotière district.
"Our fellow citizens are abandoned and delivered to violence"
This district, where a wild market has developed with various street trafficking arousing a strong feeling of insecurity among residents, has been at the center of the authorities' attention for several months.
This "little misery market", in the words of a resident interviewed by the chain, is located near the center of Lyon and the luxury shops installed in the old historic building of the Hôtel-Dieu.
The president of the RN had announced on his Twitter account his trip to the neighborhood where, according to him "our fellow citizens are abandoned and delivered to violence".
"Racists are not welcome in our neighborhood," replied the "Antifa Group of Lyon" on its Twitter account.
Despite the threats and intimidations aimed at the production of @CNEWS and myself, I will go to the Guillotière district in Lyon with traders and local residents at the end of the line.
See you tomorrow 10:30 am.
- Jordan Bardella (@J_Bardella) November 23, 2021
Last month, the first edition of “Face à la rue” took place in Drancy, in the Paris suburbs, with Eric Zemmour, the far-right polemicist, and had already sparked a lively controversy.