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Firefighter caught with incendiary devices during Yellow Vest protest

Suspected of being part of a destabilisation effort, a firefighter from Val-d'Oise was arrested in Paris during Act XXIII of the Yellow Vests. He received only a suspended sentence.

Published: April 24, 2019, 9:30 am


    The firefighter was in possession of Molotov cocktails and fireworks. On Monday, Le Parisien revealed that a firefighter had been placed in custody for “possession of an incendiary device” and “participation in a group formed to commit violence against people or damage to property”.

    The individual was arrested on Saturday in Paris during the Yellow Vest rallies . As relayed 20 Minutes, the Departmental Service of Fire and Rescue of Val-d’Oise, known as the SDIS 95, indicated that “while respecting the presumption of innocence, provisional measures to prohibit him from taking further action, have already been taken pending the results of the enquiry”.

    On Tuesday, the individual was sentenced to ten months of suspended imprisonment. The same fireman has already been sentenced for the “transport of non-detonating fireworks”. For the prosecutor, the defendant “acted in concert” with others and wanted “to dress like a black block to light fireworks firecrackers, or create fires to encourage more violence”.

    The SDIS 95 warned that “the heaviest penalty will be requested from the disciplinary council towards this agent who no longer has his place within the firefighters since he has transported incendiary devices during a demonstration”.

    SDIS 95 announced its intention to “sue” the individual. As a reminder, 219 people, including six minors, were placed in custody on Saturday, April 20 in Paris where violent clashes broke out at Place de la République.

    Rumours of government agents, or agent provocateurs, infiltrating the Yellow Vest movement to stir up violence, have been rife.


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