Illegal immigrants supported by far-left storm French cultural landmark
Far-left activists and illegal migrants stormed the Basilica of Saint-Denis in Paris to protest the French government’s new asylum law. The invasion resulted in the evening mass being cancelled.
Published: March 21, 2018, 9:29 am
Illegal migrants from Africa supported by French far-left activists from the group Coordination des Sans-Papiers (CSP 93) stormed the Basilica holding banners, Le Parisien reported.
Police were called in to forcibly remove the invaders, but evening mass was cancelled fearing a return of CSP 93.
Conservative politician Nicholas Dupont-Aignan tweeted footage of police using force to remove the activists and migrants.
“Scandalous occupation by undocumented of Saint Denis Basilica with the shameful complicity of militants and elected far-left. I demand the immediate expulsion of these illegal immigrants who, in addition to being outlaws, trample our roots and our history!”
The building is of unique importance historically and architecturally. It is the burial place of the French Kings with nearly every king from the 10th to the 18th centuries being buried there, as well as many from previous centuries. In 636 on the orders of Dagobert I the relics of Saint Denis, a patron saint of France, were reinterred in the basilica.
Dupont-Aignan backed Marine Le Pen, leader of the Rassemblement National (RN), formerly known as the Front National before a recent name change.
Le Pen also also condemned the invasion, tweeting: “By calling migrants to desecrate the Basilica of St Denis, Necropolis of our Kings, ‘la France Insoumise’ and the far-left show that, in their immigrationist madness, they are ready to trample our civilisation and desecrate a place of historical worship.”
La France Insoumise [Unsubmissive France] is the party of far-left former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. One of the party’s MPs, Eric Coquerel, took part in the invasion of the Basilica.
Last year, several members of the Generation Identitaire (GI) movement were convicted of inciting “racial hatred” after they unfurled a banner on the roof of a new mosque being constructed in Poitiers.
In the case of the GI members, the prosecutor did not hesitate to condemn identitarians for a peaceful presence on the site of the Mosque of Poitiers.
The chances of the illegals and far-leftists who violently desecrated the Basilica of Saint-Denis being charged, remain slim however several pundits noted.
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen had noted earlier that the heavily migrant populated area around the Basilica of Saint-Denis presented a danger to women.
“Even worse, for a French girl from North Africa, if they refuse the veil, or dress in jeans or anything like that they are in a very very bad situation. It starts with insults like ‘you’re a whore’ and after it can get worse than that,” Maréchal-Le Pen told author Raheem Kassam.
Évacuation très violente des sans-papier et de leurs soutiens de la Basilique de St-Denis. Plusieurs blessés. Le président de la CSP93 est toujours retenu par la police. pic.twitter.com/bWxbfKhKkT
— Femmes en lutte 93 (@Femmesenlutte93) March 18, 2018
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