The small group Génération Identitaire (GI), particularly rooted in Lyon, where its national headquarters are located, did not say its last word. “We are preparing our counterattack,” confided Progrès Thais d’Escufon, a spokesman for GI, on Sunday. While the interior minister said on Saturday that the dissolution process was “under way,” far-right activists assure that it is based on nothing.
“We will fight on the right. Four lawyers, including Gilles-William Goldnadel, are working on our defense. The process is shaky, grotesque. Like the reasons given by the Ministry; like the operation in the Alps [anti-migrants en 2018 au col de l’Échelle] which in their opinion would represent the action of a militia while our militants were released by the judiciary, “defends Thais d’Escufon before dealing with Gérald Darmanin:” We would prefer the Minister of the Interior to give priority to the fight against Islamism treated instead of attacking us ”.
“We’ll take it all”
GI has 10 days to present its arguments in a controversial process. “We will do everything we can,” warns the spokesman for the self-proclaimed “anti-immigration lobby”, which spoke about him again on January 19th during this new anti-migrant operation in the Pyrenees.
The right-wing extremist movement specializes in communications and thundering operations and claims 4,000 members in France and around 500 activists. In Lyon they would be more than fifty active members.
Their base is this local association in Old Lyon called La Traboule that opened in 2010 and many elected officials have called for the closure. So far in vain.