The subject is taken seriously at Place Beauvau. Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin will file a complaint after receiving death threats presumably from the ultra-right, according to a report by franceinfo that Le Parisien has been able to confirm.
The threats were made via a simple contact form available on the ministry's website. "I wanted to warn you that we are going to neutralize you," one of the messages read. The reason given: "you are not defending the French flag".
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"You may be surrounded by police, but you're not going to stop a bullet ... Your life span is shortening every second that passes," the ominous missive reads.
According to the minister's entourage, who believe that these messages "clearly come from the ultra-right", he will file a complaint.
Measures against the ultra-right
The threats come two days after Gérald Darmanin announced his intention to dissolve three ultra-right groups, including the Martel Division, after several incidents linked to this movement.
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On the night of Saturday to Sunday, dozens of members of this small group had organized an undeclared rally in the district of La Monnaie in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme), where several of the attackers of young Thomas, who died on November 18 in Crépol, a village located about fifteen kilometers away, are said to have come from during a party.
They are suspected of having wanted to fight with the inhabitants of the neighbourhood. Several alleged members of the Martel Division were arrested during the ensuing violence.