The Youtubeur who claimed the flour of Jean-Luc Mélenchon at the demonstration against the extreme right in June will be tried Wednesday in Paris, in the absence of the leader of La France insoumise. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who had not lodged a complaint, did not file a civil claim and will not be present at the hearing, told his counsel, Me Mathieu Davy.
This Saturday, June 12, at the beginning of the Paris demonstration, and while he was responding to the press, the boss of the LFI deputies and presidential candidate had received flour on his face.
VIDEO. March of freedoms: Mélenchon receives a jet of flour shortly before departure
The host of a radical right-wing political YouTube channel who claimed responsibility for the gesture was taken into custody a few hours before being summoned to appear before the Paris Criminal Court, to be tried for “violence on person entrusted with a public service mission ”.
A second man will appear at his side for “complicity” in this crime.
“No need to advertise in spite of myself to far-right activists”
In a letter to the court that AFP was able to consult, Jean-Luc Mélenchon explains why he decided not to bring a civil party to the trial. “From the first minutes after what I qualify as aggression, I felt that beyond my person, it was above all the march of freedoms and what it embodies that was targeted,” he writes . “I do not consider it necessary to move and to advertise in spite of myself to far-right activists whose gesture only reflects their contempt for republican institutions”, he adds, saying his “confidence” in justice .
In front of journalists who filmed him after his act, the YouTuber presented himself as a “sovereignist”. “I do not believe in debate,” he added, claiming “a gesture of protest, as many people do”. On social networks, Internet users quickly recognized him as the young host of the YouTube channel “Why does it suck?” », Created in January 2020 and with 19,000 subscribers.
After a first series of videos castigating immigration, the European Union, anti-fascist activists, the media and the Republic, the Youtubeur has been carrying out in recent months interviews with personalities marked on the extreme right or “anti-system”, in particular a nationalist rapper, and a royalist “yellow vest”.