Far-right demonstrators storm candlelit vigil being held for Paris victims chanting ‘Out the Muslims’ and ‘Throw out Islamists’ after Front National leader claims the French are ‘no longer safe’
- Anti-Islam protesters storm candlelit vigil and set off flares in Lille, France
- Far-right demonstrators sang ‘Out the Muslims’ and ‘Throw out Islamists’
- Vigil for Paris terror attack victims had only been underway for 15 minutes
- Police moved on the demonstrators as vigil responded: ‘Get out fascists’
Anti-Islam protesters armed with flares and banners reading ‘Throw out Islamists’ descended on a quiet vigil being held for the victims of the Paris terror attacks in northern France.
Far-right demonstrators pushed their way through the congregation which had gathered in Lille to pay their respects to the 129 people who were killed in a string of terrorist attacks in the French capital.
They chanted ‘Out the Muslims’ and set off flares into the crowd of mourners after Front National leader Marine Le Pen declared French people ‘are no longer safe’ and called for France to take back control of its borders.
Anti-Islam protesters armed with flares and banners ‘Expulsions les Islamistes’, which translates to ‘Throw out Islamists’, descended on a quiet vigil being held for the victims of the Paris terror attacks in Lille, north France
The protesters also set off firecrackers and flares as they stormed the vigil in Lille at 3pm yesterday afternoon
Despite causing widespread disruption to the peaceful vigil, the protesters ended up being chased away by members of the Human Rights League who told them ‘get out fascists’.
The protesters launched their disruptive attack yesterday afternoon as people across France turned out to pay their respects to those killed in Friday evening’s atrocities in the capital.
While people around the world also held candlelit vigils near major landmarks, the congregation in Lille was disrupted by the far-right Anti-Islam protesters who declared: ‘Expulsions les Islamistes’, which translates to ‘Throw out Islamists’.
The silent vigil had begun at 3pm but within just 15 minutes demonstrators spilled into the city’s main square shouting ‘Expel Islamists’ and setting off firecrackers.
Police were called to the demonstration but were hit with a string of Islamophobic chants, and the chaos spilled onto the road – temporarily stopping traffic – as the officers tried to control the situation.
Dozens of Human Rights League members who had turned out to the support the show of solidarity with Paris responded to the far-right protesters with chants of ‘Get out fascists’, while others waved signs which said: ‘I am not afraid’.
The groups were later split up by police and the Anti-Islam demonstrators ushered along towards a different street.
As soon as they dispersed, the congregation which had turned out for the candlelit vigil burst into a rendition of the French national anthem La Marseilleise.
The groups were later split up by police and the Anti-Islam demonstrators ushered along towards a different street. As soon as they dispersed, the vigil congregation burst into a rendition of the French national anthem
The protests come just three weeks before regional elections at which the right-wing group Front National is expected to do well.
Speaking from the Front National headquarters in Paris today, leader Marine le Pen said it was time to ‘take control’ of France’s borders.
She said: ‘We are living the horror. The centre of France was struck by an exceptional barbarity.
‘It was an escalation of Islamist terrorism and the sixth time this year that Islamists have attacked our country.’
However, Front National leader and lawyer Gilbert Collard responded
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