Brahim Bouraam victim but not fascism! by Philippe Bilger (Atlantico)

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Sadly electioneering tribute

Brahim Bouraam victim but not fascism!

The candidate of "En Marche!" Emmanuel Macron today paid a tribute to Brahim Bouarram, a young Moroccan killed on the sidelines of a FN parade in 1995. Philippe Bilger, General Counsel in the trial of Michael Freminet sentenced for Murder of Brahim Bouarram in 1998 sees an electoralist approach.



How naive!

I did not imagine that the second round campaign would be so violent, vindictive and extremist in form on the part of the two candidates. Emmanuel Macron replying to the FN speaks of his "insults" and his "obscenity" and Marine Le Pen was not outdone in his speech of Villepinte.

Our likely future President of the Republic paid tribute, on the morning of May 1, Brahim Bouarram died May 1, 1995 after being thrown into the Seine by skinhead Mickaël Freminet.

The trial of the latter and three co-defendants was held in May 1998. As a trial attorney, I had requested Freminet, the sole culprit for the crime of murder, to be sentenced to 10 to 12 years' imprisonment. criminal imprisonment. He was sentenced on May 14 by the Assize Court to 8 years of imprisonment.

Emmanuel Macron, with his pilgrimage, continues to exploit the past of the FN to bend his present and forbid him a presidential future.

I would not have wanted to return to this unfortunate affair if it had not been politically exploited from the outset and so mediately it was not distorted every year. I saw it again for the audio-visual this May 1st ..

François Mitterrand, then president, took the first initiative of this tribute which essentially meant that the FN was responsible for the death of Brahim Bouarram.

We shuddered at the idea of ​​a political trial but immediately in the box we could only see the presence of a Freminet, to speak only of him, lost, lost, a simplicity of mind obvious, and who had come with three other skinhead friends hang out May 1 at the tail of the FN traditional parade led by Jean-Marie Le Pen

Following a scramble, an altercation opposed Brahim Bouarram Freminet and he pushed the first in the Seine ignoring that he could not swim. Bouarram could not be rescued and was not detained, against the co-accused of Freminet, the crime of non-assistance to person in danger.

I admit on this occasion a weakness, a lack of courage. Instead of arguing that it was the crime of deadly blows with no intention to give the death that would have been the right qualification, less serious - Freminet not knowing anything about the inability to swim Bouarram - to submit me in somehow to political and media pressure - while the debates, however, had all deflated - I argued that there was murder and I was followed. But the sanction was fair and measured as it should be.

It is surprising to note that since 1995 and especially after the 1998 trial, the media have continued to spread the same errors, evoking an assassination and fantasizing about the ideological character of the crime. At no time did they have the curiosity to inquire. They took for granted what Mitterrand wanted to convey and which had nothing to do with reality: not a political crime but an imbecile act committed by a "moron" and having a dramatic consequence that it does not had not wanted.

This does not make the death of Brahim Bouarram worthy of compassion, but he is not the lost hero of a cause that would have deliberately targeted him. To believe that for politics and the media, fantasized history must never be reviewed downwards.

Philippe Bilger is president of the Institute of Speech. For more than twenty years, he was General Counsel at the Paris Assize Court and is now an Honorary Judge. He is the author of France in crumbs (Fayard editions). He is also the author of Order and Disorder (Le Passeur editions, April 2015).

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