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Neo-Nazis in custody for distributing anti-Semitic and hateful leaflets

2023-09-14T21:14:32.581Z

Highlights: Four neo-Nazi sympathizers have been taken into custody as part of an investigation into anti-Semitic and hateful leaflets. Three of them "appear sufficiently involved" and should be referred Friday morning, said the prosecutor of the Republic of Rouen, Frédéric Teillet. Leaflets distributed in several French regions refer to the website "DemPart" (for "Participatory Democracy"), which the justice had asked to block at the end of 2018. The site is still visible in France because it is hosted in the United States.


Three people were taken into custody because they "appear sufficiently involved" in the distribution of racist leaflets and praise.


Four neo-Nazi sympathizers have been taken into custody as part of an investigation into anti-Semitic and hateful leaflets distributed in recent months in many regions of France, including Normandy, the Rouen prosecutor's office said Thursday. Three of them "appear sufficiently involved" and should be referred Friday morning, said the prosecutor of the Republic of Rouen, Frédéric Teillet, in a statement.

In May 2023, the Rouen prosecutor's office had been "seized of various facts of distribution of anti-Semitic and hateful leaflets, either by sending by email, in particular to elected officials, or by distributing such leaflets in the mailboxes of individuals," recalls the prosecutor.

Swastikas

"Given the content of these leaflets" racist, stamped with swastikas and extolling the alleged superiority of the "white man", and the large number of e-mailings, the national prosecutor's office for the fight against online hate had taken up this aspect of the investigation.

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The investigations concerning the distribution of paper leaflets, led by the Rouen prosecutor's office, have identified "two alleged perpetrators of a distribution of leaflets in La Neuville-Chant d'Oisel" (Seine-Maritime) last May and degradation by racist "tags" in the same commune between 5 and 7 August. However, one of these two suspects, who reside in the Rouen region, recently went to the Pau region.

"An armband and a Nazi flag"

"After a new distribution of similar leaflets near the memorial of the internment camp of Gurs (Pyrénées-Atlantiques)," which houses more than a thousand Jewish graves, investigators proceeded Wednesday to arrests. Three other suspects, including two residents of the Pau region, were taken into custody, the prosecutor's office said.

"During the various searches carried out, were found leaflets identical to those whose distribution is the subject of the various procedures, stencils corresponding to the tagged inscriptions, an armband and a Nazi flag, as well as some weapons of categories C and D," details the prosecutor of Rouen.

Sympathy with the far right

"The hearings confirmed the sympathy of the detainees with the ideology of the extreme right and neo-Nazi and their familiarity with the organization participatory democracy," the statement said.

These leaflets distributed in several French regions (Brittany, Jura, around Dijon, etc.) refer to the website "DemPart" (for "Participatory Democracy"), which the justice had asked to block at the end of 2018 following multiple convictions on negationist, racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks. The site is still visible in France because it is hosted in the United States.

Source: leparis

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