Attacked in March 2014 in front of my wife and my sons - 7 months and 3 years at the time - by three armed men with long criminal records (wheel brace, tyre iron) objecting to my political engagement, I was today sentenced on the same basis as them for having defended myself.
I am being blamed for using a tear gas canister belonging to my wife to keep the attackers at bay while the police themselves were forced to use theirs to protect me later. How could I do otherwise? Let myself be lynched while my family looked on? In this incident I was the only one injured (an injury to the hand from a sharp tool) and to have a statutory period off work confirmed by a medical jurist.
Today, only one of my attackers was present in court. He had no choice because he is already in prison for another case! His record shows 12 convictions (thefts, violence). The two others, also with long criminal records, were not present. One of them has an electronic bracelet and just came out of prison.
I admit being stunned by this bizarre judgement which echoes the injustice experienced by so many victims. Of course I will appeal this decision!Source
Philippe Vardon was a prominent patriotic activist involved in the Bloc Identitaire movement. He now serves as a regional councillor for the Front National.
UPDATE: This news story in the newspaper Nice Matin (link) describes the attackers as "trois jeunes maghrébins" "three young North Africans". This, of course, means they were
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