His gathering had caused a stir in Annecy (Haute-Savoie). A far-right sympathizer was sentenced on Friday to a fine of 1,500 euros by the court of Annecy for organizing an undeclared demonstration on the evening of May 16 in the city.
The 28-year-old, who had called for a "tribute to our French dead", acknowledged the facts, explaining that he had not declared the rally to "avoid any gathering of opposing elements".
The Annecy court considered that he had "deliberately violated the law" and accompanied his conviction with a ban on participating in a demonstration on the public highway for six months and possessing a weapon for two years.
"We would like to do this type of event again"
On the evening of May 16, a group of individuals close to the far-right movement, dressed in dark clothes, marched through downtown Annecy with French and Savoyard flags and torches. The rally, relayed on social networks and which had gathered at the height of 40 people, had ended with smoke and nationalist songs.
In response, about 360 people participated in response to a "citizens' rally" a week later. The prefect of Haute-Savoie had denounced "a night parade (...) organized in secret."
"If the authorizations are accepted, we would like to repeat this type of demonstration," said its organizer at the bar of the court.