More than 300 complaints for “threat of death” have been filed by national elected officials or “who appear in the media,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Tuesday, without specifying the period over which this figure was recorded.
“There are a lot of complaints about threats”
“In this particular context of antivax, there are a lot of complaints for threats”, declared the minister on RTL. He specified that there were also threats “in the name of radical Islam” and “of all kinds”, “but we can see an exponential increase”.
The Minister of the Interior will be received Tuesday evening with the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, by the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand to take stock of the number of cases identified and the judicial response provided.
According to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, 1,186 elected officials were targeted in the first eleven months of 2021, including 162 parliamentarians and 605 mayors or deputies victims of physical attacks, an increase of 47% compared to 2020 419 outrages were also recorded (+ 30%).
The deputy of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon Stéphane Claireaux (LREM) was attacked Sunday by projectiles in front of his home in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon launched by demonstrators against the health pass, an attack which according to him “resembled a stoning ”.
Traveling to Nice, Emmanuel Macron denounced Monday an “unacceptable” and “intolerable” aggression, deploring “the intensification of violence” against elected officials. On December 29, it was the LREM deputy of Oise Pascal Bois in Chambly who denounced the fire in his personal garage, mainly because of his support for the government’s health policy.
Mr. Darmanin had announced in the wake of strengthening the protection of homes and offices of deputies, “in the context of the examination of the bill of the vaccine pass”. “Unfortunately and for a few years there has been an increase in attacks on elected officials, the death of the mayor of Signes demonstrates it,” he added on Monday. In 2019, a man overthrew the mayor of this commune in the Var, Jean-Mathieu Michel, with his van after illegally unloading rubble.