Paris, Nov 28 (EFE).- The French Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced this Tuesday his objective of dissolving three small far-right groups related to violent incidents that occurred last Saturday.
“I am not going to allow any militia, whether extreme right or other radical currents, to dictate the law above prosecutors and police,” Darmanin said in an interview with France Inter radio station.
Darmanin’s announcement came after a court in the city of Valence (southeast) yesterday sentenced him to sentences of between six and ten months in prison, with an order for immediate entry, for the incidents.
The minister congratulated himself on the “firmness” of the police and judicial response, because “it avoids a scenario of a small civil war.”
The ultras gathered on Saturday in the town of Romans sur Isere to confront young people from the town.
Romans sur Isere is where the police arrested nine people last week for their alleged involvement in the attack on a party in the small town of Crepol, which on the 18th caused the death of a 16-year-old teenager that shocked France.
The extreme right attributes the tragedy to boys from peripheral neighborhoods of Maghreb origin. Darmanin recalled that eight of the detainees are of French nationality and the other is Italian, without wanting to go into their origin: “I do not judge a person by who he is, but by what he does.”
Government spokesman Olivier Véran today described the far-right rally in Romans sur Isere as a “punitive expedition” of an “extremely serious” nature, according to what he told France Info radio.
Véran warned of a “risk of rupture” of society if gangs and violent groups proliferate, for which he asked for “exemplary sanctions” from the Justice and was pleased that in the case of Crépol the prosecutor has classified the case as a “crime in an organized band”.
The six convicted were considered guilty of causing years, violent acts against police officers or participation in a group that prepared violent acts. Their social networks appear with various types of neo-Nazi symbols, such as swastikas.
A total of 20 people were arrested on Saturday, while in France the press has since warned of the resurgence of far-right violence.
Another nine people were arrested last Monday night in Lyon after an unauthorized far-right march.