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Skinhead Charged in Fatal Attack on French Gay Rights Activist Clement Meric

You may remember gay rights activist Clement Meric, who was killed in an attack by skinheads after an exchange of words and punched unconscious in early June.

MericA second man has now been charged in the attack, the Local reports:

Samuel Dufour, a 19-year-old far-right extremist, has been charged with violence leading to the death of Méric, but without the intention of killing him, according to judicial sources quoted by French radio RTL on Tuesday.

Investigators had previously suspected Esteban Morillo, another far-right extremist, of being solely responsible for landing the fatal blow on Méric during the brawl at Rue Caumartin on June 5th.

However, further examination of Méric’s autopsy report led them to conclude that a pattern of blows to the 18-year-old anti-fascist activist’s nose and cheeks implied the involvement of a second party.

RTL reports that rings worn by Dufour during the fight had matched imprints on Méric’s face.

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  1. Ratbastard,

    you described the 13 year old in the Cleveland Gay-bashing incident as "savages from a savage subculture". I won't argue with that.

    But tell me, are the skinheads who beat this Gay rights activist (Mr Meric) to death--are they also "savages from a savage subculture"?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 10, 2013 10:53:01 AM


  2. While Clément Meric did participate in a counter-protest during one of the anti-gay demonstrations in Paris, I think it's a bit of a stretch to label him "gay-rights activist". He was mainly an anti-fascist activist. That said he probably wouldn't have rejected that label.

    Posted by: Xavier | Sep 10, 2013 12:41:05 PM


  3. Was Meric gay or not? In all the articles about him and his death, I can't find one that states whether he was gay.

    Posted by: Don | Sep 10, 2013 1:33:59 PM


  4. @XAVIER,

    thanks. You're correct. He was against all forms of oppression and racism, and was murdered for that.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 10, 2013 2:00:08 PM


  5. @Derrick,

    The violence, especially murder rate [more still gun related violent crime rate] in France, western Europe is far less than America's 'urban' violence problem. This is not a defense of these so-called skinheads. They are obviously effed up, most come from what we in America call a deprived background. Violence and extreme levels of hate and tension are commonplace in Europe between those on the far left and the far right. The far left are usually made up of 'kids' from more well off socioeconomically backgrounds, far right is the exact opposite. You do see an extreme in politics that is less common in America.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 11, 2013 8:47:19 AM


  6. @Derrick,

    The violence, especially murder rate [more still gun related violent crime rate] in France, western Europe is far less than America's 'urban' violence problem. This is not a defense of these so-called skinheads. They are obviously effed up, most come from what we in America call a deprived background. Violence and extreme levels of hate and tension are commonplace in Europe between those on the far left and the far right. The far left are usually made up of 'kids' from more well off socioeconomically backgrounds, far right is the exact opposite. You do see an extreme in politics that is less common in America.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 11, 2013 8:47:19 AM


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