The neo-Nazi 'Zouaves Paris' group behind the violence at Zemmour rally

On Monday December 6th a small ultra-right group called 'Zouaves Paris' claimed responsibility for the violence committed against anti-racist activists at the previous day's political rally held by far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour. At the time, some people in charge of security at the event thanked those who carried out the attacks. On Tuesday the presidential candidate insisted he “condemned all the violence” while at the same time describing the activists from SOS Racisme as “provocateurs” and “handout seekers”. Sébastien Bourdon, Karl Laske and Marine Turchi report on the background to the ultra-right group involved in last Sunday's violence.

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Rarely have the organisers of a political meeting in France been so accepting of violence at an event. On Sunday December 5th, during a political meeting held by far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour at Villepinte north of Paris, some of those in charge of security thanked people who had beaten up activists from the anti-racist group SOS Racisme. In particular they thanked members of the neo-Nazi group 'Zouaves Paris'.