France is beginning the process of shutting down the far-right Generation Identity (GI) faction, a move that comes after the undercover investigation by Al Jazeera revealed the bigotry, abuse, and ties of the group with the National Rally party of Marine Le Pen.
“On Saturday, dozens in Paris rallied against the move, scheduled to begin Monday, some of whom wore blue vests emblazoned with the words “Génération Identitaire,” the French name of the group that advocates “defending white Europeans’ identity and culture,” and describes what it calls “the great substitution” by immigration and “Islamisation.
According to a letter dated 11 February from the French Ministry of the Interior to the President of GI, the Generation Hate Al Jazeera investigation “revealed the reality of this organization” where members “rejoiced in the attack on a woman of North African origin.”
The letter cites a number of cases demonstrating the group’s racism, violence, and the grounds on which it is known as a “private militia” and goes on to say that “the comments made and the gestures inspired by the Nazis… as well as the threats of further attacks, show the true face of this organization and its activists.”
The letter accuses GI of “openly hateful rhetoric” that “contributes to increasing national community tensions” and “provokes violent assaults.”
Before the ministry officially began closing the party, the far-right group had 10 days after receiving the letter to respond to the allegations.
In 2017, in an attempt to block refugee rescue operations, GI was behind the ‘Defend Europe’ stunt which saw far-right activists set sail on the Mediterranean Sea.