The alleged leader of the ultra-right group Zouaves Paris, suspected of being involved in the violence during the meeting of the far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, on December 5, in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis), has was arrested Tuesday, December 14, said a police source, confirming information from Franceinfo.
Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier was arrested by the research and intervention brigade of the Paris Police Prefecture. He had been identified by several media on videos showing the assault with fists and chairs of SOS Racism activists who had exhibited T-shirts bearing the inscription ” No to racism “ during the first campaign rally of the far-right candidate.
The 23-year-old young man, who regularly challenges the title of leader of the small group created in 2018, has already been sentenced to six months suspended prison sentence in January 2019 for violence committed during the “yellow vests” demonstrations on 1is December 2018. Ten months in prison were also required against him a month ago at the trial of the baseball bat attack on an antifa bar in Paris, in the Ménilmontant district, in June 2020. Marc de Cacqueray-Valmenier also boasted on his Instagram account of having gone to fight in the fall of 2020 in Nagorno-Karabakh alongside the Christian Armenians against the Muslim Azerbaijanis.
Dissolution proceedings initiated
The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced on Sunday that he had initiated the procedure for the dissolution of the Zouaves, an ultra-right group. “I initiated the procedure for the dissolution of this de facto grouping that are the Zouaves, which is a group of people who come from either the GUD [ancien syndicat étudiant d’extrême droite] or Action Française, that is to say well-known ultra-right movements ”, he declared to the “Grand Jury” RTL-LCI-Le Figaro.
The small group was also implicated in violence committed during the demonstrations of “yellow vests” on 1is December 2018 in Paris and in the attack on a bar of the anti-fascist movement in the Ménilmontant district in June 2020.