The prefecture of the North has banned any concert in the department of an identity rock band that had announced an event near Lille on June 9. On May 27, the mayor (PS) of Lille, Martine Aubry, had said that she had seized the prefecture to demand the prohibition of this concert "in support of the extreme right".
Following the announcement by the group Francs Tireurs Patriotes (FTP) of a concert in support of the extreme right in Lille on June 9, I seized the Prefecture to ban this demonstration and prevent it from taking place.
— Martine Aubry (@MartineAubry) May 27, 2023
The prefecture issued a long prefectural order on Wednesday banning the concert, indicating that this group, "Francs-Tireurs Patriotes", relays "theses specific to the ultra-right of an anti-Semitic nature (...) or racist." "This concert is likely to give rise to remarks inciting racial hatred and violence against certain groups of people, in particular people of the Jewish religion, as well as to the apology of the crimes committed by the Nazis during the Second World War," writes the prefect Georges-François Leclerc.
Against the background of a GUD flag
In his prohibition order, the prefect evokes the holding of a concert on May 6 in a municipal hall of Saint-Cyr-l'École, during which the Francs-Tireurs Patriotes performed against the background of a flag of the GUD, the small group of extreme right adept actions punches which recently made talk about him again in Paris a month ago, at an ultra-right demonstration.
By decree, Georges-François Leclerc, prefect of the #HautsdeFrance region, prefect of #Nord, prohibits throughout the department the concert of the music group "Les Francs-Tireurs Patriotes" scheduled for Friday 9/6/23. pic.twitter.com/FBTyucWh88
— Prefecture of the Hauts-de-France and Nord region (@prefet59) June 7, 2023
The band had announced on its Facebook page a concert on June 9 in Lille, in an undisclosed place. The entrance was sold for 15 euros, double for "supporters", and the profits were to be donated to ASMIP, the Association for the Support of Identity and Patriotic Movements, "to pay the legal costs" of members "prosecuted for words or actions inciting hatred or discrimination," adds the prefecture.