Clashes erupted on the sidelines of a demonstration by opponents of Eric Zemmour this Saturday afternoon in Brest (Finistère). The founder of the far-right Reconquête party came to sign his last book “I haven’t said my last word.” At least two people were injured and two others were arrested and taken into custody, AFP learned from the sub-prefecture. Éric Zemmour, recently sentenced for “racist insult” incriminated the “antifas” but also the prefecture which “did not do its job”, according to him.
At the start of the afternoon, nearly 300 people, including around sixty members of the ultra-left, gathered at the Brest town hall and went a few hundred meters in front of the Oceania hotel. , where the signing session of Éric Zemmour was planned, said the same source. According to information from West Francethe call to demonstrate was launched by different movements: NPA, UDB, AG des Luttes or VISA.
Arrived in front of the hotel, the demonstrators exchanged insults with about thirty sympathizers of the founder of Reconquest. A protester was injured with gl while kicking a shop window and a supporter of the former far-right presidential candidate was injured in the forehead, the same source added. The two demonstrators arrested threw a barrier on a window of the hotel, according to the sub-prefecture.
The police, around fifty gendarmes and police officers according to Ouest-France, finally dispersed the demonstrators and set up a perimeter around the establishment.
Éric Zemmour accuses the prefecture of being “unworthy”
“When I arrived at 1 p.m., the first antifas began to insult me and threaten me, the police did not intervene,” said Eric Zemmour to AFP. “They waited 15 hours for the antifas to charge with savage violence”, he continued, rejecting any “confrontation” between supporters of the two camps, but rather evoking “deliberate, violent, savage attacks against children, young people, old people, grannies”.
According to him, the sub-prefecture “did not do its job” and “is unworthy”. “Either it is political, out of hostility. Either it is negligence and mediocrity. And in both cases he is guilty,” he added, asking for “explanations and sanctions.” Marion Maréchal, vice-president of Reconquête also felt that the “responsibility of the prefecture is clearly engaged”. “There is an absolute failure in the management of the counter-protesters who were able to approach the room without any police charge being given,” she denounced in a tweet.
AT #Brestfar-left militias again used violence against readers of@ZemmourEricwithout sparing women, children and the elderly.
The responsibility of @Prefect29 is clearly committed.
There is an absolute failure in the management of… pic.twitter.com/jvJYEnMKR6
— Marion Marshal (@MarionMarechal) June 17, 2023
The autograph session under police protection
According to Diane Ouvry, press adviser to Éric Zemmour and present in Brest, “it was very fast. About 70 people were calmly waiting in front of the hotel for the start of the dedication scheduled for around 3 p.m. The demonstrators advanced towards the hotel. So we brought in the people who were waiting for the dedication to protect them, ”she told AFP.
“The black blocks threw projectiles, smashed the head of a poor young man who was taken away by the fire brigade. They destroyed the windows of the hotel, they threw smoke bombs inside. The police are now in front of the hotel,” she said, adding that a “security device” was planned in view of the calls to demonstrate.
The signing session of the former Figaro and CNews polemicist continued in the middle of the afternoon, his approximately 100 to 150 supporters entering and leaving the hotel under the protection of the police, the police said. sub-prefecture. Éric Zemmour, whose signing tour for three months has been accompanied by demonstrations, ured that he wanted to continue “until the holidays”. His movements are regularly marred by violence.