The procedure targeting seven relatives of the ultra-right who appeared for participation in a group with a view to committing violence after the France-Morocco World Cup semi-final was canceled Friday by the Paris court. The judges noted “irregularities”.
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The Paris court canceled for “irregularities”, Friday September 8, the entire procedure targeting seven relatives of the ultra-right who were appearing for participation in a group with a view to committing violence after the France-Morocco World Cup semi-final .
The judges notably considered that the arrests of the defendants in a 17th century bare district of Paris on December 14, 2022, the evening of the France-Morocco match, were not within the scope of action assigned to the police that evening and therefore canceled them, like the reports drawn up on the occasion.
The seven defendants, including Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier, 24, considered the former leader of the small ultra-right group “les Zouaves”, dissolved in January 2022, are therefore free and will not be tried.
After a moment of astonishment, the seven young people hugged and congratulated each other. “I didn’t believe it,” said one of them.
Before announcing its decision, the court retired for more than an hour to deliberate on nullity issues raised by defense lawyers.
“The arrests” of the defendants were “illegal”, maintained Me Georges Sauveur, lawyer for two defendants.
The seven young people were prosecuted for “participation in a group with a view to intentional violence or damage” and, for some, carrying a weapon.
“Make the punch”
According to reports, a bag belonging to one of the defendants would have contained batons but this bag was “lost” during the procedure, lawyers noted.
A well-known figure on the ultra-right, Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier, with close-cropped hair and brown beard, in a black t-shirt, has already been convicted and imprisoned in recent years. He is currently indicted and under judicial supervision in another case investigated in Bobigny.
The six other defendants, living in the Paris or Rouen region, have diverse profiles.
Among them, temporary workers, law or business students, a real estate agent living in the 16the district of the capital or a versatile employee of the distributor Lidl who says he left the army out of “disagreement” with government policy.
In total, 38 people were arrested in the bar where the seven defendants were, 31 had benefited from dismissal or alternatives to prosecution.
At the time, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin accused them of having come to “punch”, in a context of increased surveillance by the authorities of ultra-right movements.