The Paris prosecutor’s office announced the opening of an investigation on July 20 into death threats against deputies supporting the generalization of the health pass and vaccination.
The Paris public prosecutor’s office announced that it had opened on July 20 an investigation for “death threats against persons in public office”, received for a week by deputies supporting the government’s vaccine measures and the implementation health pass.
The President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand announced on July 15 that he had reported to the prosecution these attempts to intimidate parliamentarians, some of whom have themselves filed a complaint, said the prosecution. The investigations were entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of delinquency against the person (BRDP).
“The President of the National Assembly notes that several deputies have been the subject of death threats because of their support for the vaccine strategy presented” on July 12 by President Emmanuel Macron to fight against a resurgence of the epidemic of Covid-19, he said on July 15 in a press release.
Following death threats against deputies, the President @RichardFerrand decided to seize the Public Prosecutor. “It cannot be tolerated that a representative of the Nation may be the object of attempted intimidation.”#DirectAN
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– National Assembly (@AssembleeNat) July 15, 2021
The LREM deputy of Hérault Patrick Vignal told AFP that he had been the object of threats by email in which a person posing as “military” indicates wanting to take him for “target”.
I would not hesitate to do what any good defender of the Nation must do to put an end to these laws
“Myself armed, I would not hesitate to do what any good defender of the Nation must do to put an end to these laws, because we would have no other solutions if this continues”, writes the author anonymous message which claims to have made a “list of many deputies” and brandishes the threat of “putting a price” on the head of Emmanuel Macron and several ministers.
Several other LREM deputies, in particular Patricia Mirallès (Hérault), Alexandre Freschi (Lot-et-Garonne) and Jean-Marc Zulesi (Bouches-du-Rhône) have published on social networks some messages received.
“Tell the other deputies to vote well because from now on it is real bullets that you will take (I am armed), be careful where you go. You will never inject us with the vaccine ”, underlines the message quoted by Patricia Mirallès, who judges this threat, which does not“ intimidate ”,“ very worrying ”.
“All this indicates a fragile Republic”, noted the deputy LREM Bruno Questel, also recipient of threats. This calls for showing “pedagogy” for most vaccine-resistant, but deplores that for a “minority” this is “lost”.
The Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin wrote on the evening of July 16 to the prefects and the police to ask them to strengthen the protective measures towards elected officials in the context of anti-vaccine mobilizations. The minister called for “to strengthen the surveillance around the offices of parliamentarians as well as their homes if necessary” or to contact parliamentarians and elected officials to “remind them of the steps to follow in the event of an incident”.
That day, about fifteen anti-vaccine demonstrators had invaded the office of the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand (LREM) in Châteaulin (Finistère) on July 16, before being put to flight by a gendarmerie patrol. In Isère and in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, vaccination centers were vandalized and set on fire over the weekend.
On July 17, nearly 114,000 people, including 18,000 in Paris, demonstrated across France against recent government measures, criticizing the extension of the health pass, the compulsory vaccination of caregivers or the “health dictatorship”.