Friday, September 24, Romain P., accused with five other accomplices of having participated in an ultra-right terrorist group called the Organization of Social Armies (OAS), was heard in front of the 16e correctional chamber of the Paris court. On paper, Romain P. was the “discreet action commander” of this small group, dismantled in two stages, in June and then in October 2017, which wanted to attack immigrants, particularly Muslims, but also “Immigrationists”. In reality, he only commanded himself.

Uncomfortable, the 33-year-old – he is the oldest of the defendants – squirms his arms crossed behind his back, trying to convince the court that he has played no concrete role, despite his insufferable words from racism. It is true that Romain P. was “Put in the closet” due to his nervous and unstable character. But, as his lawyer points out, Mr.e Gabriel Dumenil, there are few positive acts to put forward in the “terrorist criminal association” which is accused of him and can earn him up to ten years in prison, like his five co-convicts. Three others, minors, will be tried in October by the juvenile court.

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When the interrogation comes to the public targets – in addition to mosques, kebabs and libertarian bars – of this OAS on the small foot, Romain P. ensures that he was not even aware that the name of Jean-Luc Mélenchon was circulating . He knew the aversion of Thomas A., who has not yet been questioned, for Christophe Castaner, today at the head of the group La République en Marche in the National Assembly, because he was the mayor of his municipality. de Forcalquier (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), and that he wanted to bring Syrian refugees there. But Mélenchon! “Okay, we didn’t like him, but we never thought of doing anything against him. “

“I am not accusing Zemmour of terrorism, but I am accusing him of spreading ideas that end up pushing people to violence. »Jean-Luc Mélenchon

How did the name of the candidate of La France insoumise (LFI) for the presidential election of 2017 – and 2022 – end up in this file? Logan Nisin, the head of the OAS, claims that his name was suggested to him by the gendarme who questioned him during his police custody at the end of June 2017, described as “Particularly trying”. In short, it would be “Self-incriminated”. The information leaked to the press at the end of October 2017, after the arrest of the other eight OAS members. Recognized as a civil party for a time, the leader of LFI was dismissed by the investigation chamber. He returned to the charge at the opening of the trial. The president returned the decision to final deliberation but summoned the politician to be heard as a victim this Friday.

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