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France: President Hollande condemns fatal attack on teenage gay rights activist

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  1. Erik Larson 6 Jun 2013, 9:30pm

    Hello. How do you know he was a gay rights activist, and do we know if his sexual orientation was the reason he was targeted?

    1. Erik, you raise a good question, because that’s not how this is being reported here in France.

  2. We now want to hear every French citizen condem this attack. It’s an outrage.

  3. Arrest frigide barjot for incitement to hatred.

    1. Burn the b¡tch!

    2. She actually blamed marriage equality and it’s supporters for this young man’s murder! So did the Catholic Church in France. Perhaps my opinion of the French was too high and undeserved. I NEVER would have expected this level of unchallenged bigotry in France.

      1. I guessed that barjot and manif pour tous and cronies would blame gays for everything. This evil bi*ch and her breed need to be recognised as an embarrassment to the French people, rather than something to be tolerated.

  4. Isn’t this a natural extension to the vile disgusting bigotry that these intolerant anti-equality people espoused? An awful, terrible and hideous waste of a promising life. I hope the ‘Manif pous tous’ racists and bigots are ashamed of what they have encouraged. Non-violent????? Je ne crois pas!!!

  5. Why are the French being so timid and meek in responding to this wave of homophobia and bigotry. Even Hollande’s statement is weak and almost conciliatory. I would think that the entire French nation would be outraged and taking to the streets to counter the bigot hoards that have practically OWNED their country over the last month and a half.

    1. I agree with you that the translation I’ve seen of Hollande’s statement comes over rather weak and concilliatory, but I do wonder to what extent is this because something has got lost in translation. I’m not in a position to judge as I don’t speak French fluently enough, and I’ve no wish to be an apologist for Hollande, but I do know that it’s exceedingly difficult to capture the nuances of one language in another.

    2. Hayden, according to Le Monde, they are taking to the streets.

      1. By the hundreds of thousands the way the bigots did?

        1. Hold on, what PN seems to be suggesting is a brual murder of a lone gay man by 3 extremist thugs. What Le Monde is reporting is an altercation between two groups (fascist/antifascist). In the fight, one young anti-fascist took a blow and fell, hitting his head badly on the ground. None of us were there, so we don’t know. The police and courts will have to work it all out. However, this is big news in France and there have been demonstrations in many towns. I have not found any reference to the victims sexuality yet in mainstream French press. I’m not sure why.

          Is in the Woolwich incident, all sides are piling in to make political capital from the situation.

  6. .....Paddyswurds 6 Jun 2013, 10:23pm

    It would seem that the vile fascist Vichy never went away and are in the ascendency again….. Time for france to take action methinks

    1. .....Paddyswurds 6 Jun 2013, 10:24pm


  7. .....Paddyswurds 6 Jun 2013, 10:29pm

    Erik Larson The late Clément Méric RIP was a well know gay and civil rights activist, as a quick Google of his name will attest, but then that wouldn’t suit your homophobic fascist agenda….

    1. In fact Googling bring up very little of his sexuality or activity in relation to gay rights, he is usually described as being a far-right anti-fascist activist. As has been mentioned above by someone resident in France, his sexuality – as reported in the media there – has not been part of the story; it would seem he was part of an altercation between far-right and far-left groups.

  8. friday jones 6 Jun 2013, 10:35pm

    It’s simple, just declare a bounty of 5,000 Euros on anyone caught wearing neo-Nazi or skinhead paraphernalia, dead or alive. These are the lineal descendants of the collaborating Vichy swine, and their grandparents should have been hung nearly 70 years ago.

  9. Arrest Should Be Made. There Should Be Invistigation About Le Pen’S FN And Fridgid Barjot!! Shame On Them And The Archbishop Of Paris! This Is Truly TraGic And Criminals Should Pay For It As Soon As Possible!!!

  10. Arrest Should Be Made. There Should Be Invistigation About Le Pen’S FN And Fridgid Barjot!! Shame On Them And The Archbishop Of Paris! This Is Truly TraGic And Criminals Should Pay For It As Soon As Possible.. Sick And Disgusting homophobes

  11. The leaders of the far Right do bare some responsibility in this. You can’t be out there screaming that a group should be treated less than everyone else, then be surprised if some wingnuts take you seriously.

  12. How awful for this brave young man (not even out of his teens), his loved ones, family and friends. Sadly the Nazi cowards are still wrecking people’s lives some 90 years’ on since their hate ‘movement’ was founded. As for the right-wing apologists for this latest Nazi atrocity, they – and particularly elements of the clergy – have been the most consistent traitors to the secular French republics since the first one in 1789; they were the organisers and supporters of the severe repression that led to the revolutions of 1830 and 1848, at the forefront of stirring up anti-Semitism during the Dreyfus Affair of the fin de siècle and, of course, they made up many of the prime collabos with the occupying Nazi forces during World War II, betraying their fellow citizens by enthusiastically facilitating the deportation of their fellow citizens to death camps. How many more lives are they going to ruin?

  13. Enrique Esteban 7 Jun 2013, 7:18am

    Help to sign: prenume=first name; nume=family name; oras=city; tara=country.
    You’ll receive a mail and have to click on 2nd link to confirm.

  14. Robert in S. Kensington 7 Jun 2013, 1:42pm

    From what I read in a French newspaper online, there were two groups, one left-leaning, the other right. They were in a clothes shop in the 9th arondissement when an altercation started. As this young man left the shop, the right wing thugs went after him and attacked him.

    Manif pour Tous’ fingers are all over this one, if not directly but because of the hate speech that fomented so much volence over the past months against equal marriage. The Catholic church should take some responsibility since it gave the nod to Barjot’s rabble of religious loons. It has yet to issue a condemnation but probably won’t. They never do.

  15. This has upset me so much …to know a young life has been lost through hatred… how much more must we take….all we want is equality around the world…is it too much to ask….God rest my friend you will be remembered to fight the cause…

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