French Interior Minister Geral Darmanin announced his intent to propose the dissolution of the far-right group Division Martel and two other unnamed groups on France Inter. This decision follows a xenophobic punitive expedition initiated by the group in Romans-sur-Isère, Drome. The group's name, Division Martel, has been pointed out by Darmanin as particularly alarming, suggesting a militant stance that is cause for concern.
Government's Efforts Against Far-Right Groups
The French government has been actively combating the rise and operations of far-right groups. Darmanin indicated that he had initiated the dissolution of Groupe Generation Identitaire in 2021 following their anti-migrant operations in the Pyrenees. During his tenure, Darmanin has proposed forty dissolutions, with only two rejections from the Council of State. All proposed ultra-right groups have been successfully disbanded.
Threat of Far-Right Terrorism
Despite the success of these government efforts, the threat of far-right terrorism remains significant. Darmanin revealed that 13 ultra-right terrorist plots have been thwarted since 2017. While this number is smaller compared to the 40 Islamist plots prevented during the same period, it remains a concern for French authorities. Currently, there are 1,300 individuals listed as S-files, indicating far-right connections, out of 3,300 known members of far-right movements in France.
Government Stance Against Far-Right Violence
Government spokesperson Olivier Veran strongly condemned the violence perpetrated by these groups on franceinfo. He emphasized that such groups have no place in the Republic and called for strict action against their activities. The recent violent demonstrations responding to the killing of a teenager have intensified the government's efforts to dissolve these extremist groups, highlighting the urgent need to address the escalating tensions incited by France's far-right movements.