Wednesday, March 15, 2017

FN Party Boss in Nice Is Suspended for Holocaust Denial

Benoît Loeuillet, the FN party boss in Nice and regional councilor, was filmed on a hidden camera in a back room of his bookstore where "forbidden" negationist literature was kept. He is seen on camera expressing doubt that mass murder of Jews took place during WW II. Soon after the news broke, he was expelled from the FN.

9 comments:

Scott said...

Can you explain what is a "regional councilor" ? How many does the FN have?--as a way of gauging how significant this fellow is and how to assess its importance?

Anonymous said...

Councillor would be akin to 'elected to state legislature', but with much fewer powers since the regions have little of the power the American states.

Alexandra Marshall said...

As the Mediapart/Marianne Marine book comes out (whose title escapes me, but why not "Marine ne devrait pas dire ça"?), it's nice to have EVEN MORE FN = Nazi headlines floating around.

Mitch Guthman said...

Bearing in mind that my difficulties reading the actual lines quite possibly impedes my ability to read between them, this guy seems to have been suspended more for getting caught than for denying the Shoah. Essentially he seems to have been disciplined not for being a troll so much as for inopportunely reminding France that there are a lot of trolls still in the FN.

I didn't understand how this guy got caught on tape. Did he agree to be interviewed by the journalist (but didn't realize he was being recorded) or was he speaking to a friend and was captured on a hidden listening device (something I gather this journalist has used previously)? I appreciate that the difference between a loathsome troll and a moronic loathsome troll isn't very important, but I am curious.

Cynthia McDonnell said...

I watched the show on channel C8 last night. A young journalist went undercover with the FNJ (Front National Jeunesse) and caught a lot of people saying horrible things. AT the end of the broadcast they announce that this one guy on the Regional Council had been suspended--yes, basically for getting caught. But other people were caught too, including the 20 year old "head" of the FNJ. What will happen to them? And their fake Twitter accounts? The show was worth watching.

Anonymous said...

That's my understanding too, Mitch.
Also, there were others in his backroom and neonazi parties, and there's no particular impetus toward identifying them.
Myos

Anonymous said...

My bet is 'nothing ' and there goes any doubt you might have had about how modern and changed the new Marine FN actually is.
There's a pretty good report about Gays and the FN somewhere, too. Same beginning (cool party, open minded people) and the same end (... Surprise surprise, FN party faithful are not cool and open minded.)
Sorry, I don't remember the source, likely a weekly magazine published last week and found in any public library.
Myos

bernard said...

It's all about the so-called "dédiabolisation". Bob Dylan used to have a pretty good line about this in one of his christian period songs. As for what happens, simple: after the failure in the presidential and the legislatives, Marion Maréchal Le Pen. She does like those aryan blokes.

Anonymous said...

There was an interview this mroning where the interviewer (JM Aphatie) stated "So, you're saying you are glad the info came to light but that you'd have found out anyway without it and you don't like the press that brough it to light"
http://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/8h30-aphatie/
To see the contentious documentary
http://television.telerama.fr/television/regardez-la-face-cachee-du-front-national-le-documentaire-choc-de-c8,155466.php