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French Interior Minister asks prefectures to ban far-right demonstrations

The French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, has assured this Tuesday before the National Assembly that he will ask the French prefectures to ban all far-right demonstrations after a controversial neo-Nazi concentration on Saturday in Paris.

"I have given instructions to the Police prefects so that prohibition orders can be issued when any far-right or extreme-right activist, association or group requests a petition for a demonstration," he assured.

Previously, the French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, has called the demonstration in Paris "unacceptable", which was attended by about 600 people, most of them with their faces hidden, dressed in black and carrying flags with Nazi symbols.

The Paris Police Prefect, Laurent Núñez, had to come out and justify the decision to have authorized the event. "There had never been any serious incidents during the previous marches. That is what my decision not to ban was based on," he stressed.

Likewise, in an interview on Monday night with the BFMTV network, he argued that "not prohibiting a demonstration does not mean supporting what is said there." In this same sense, Borne has pronounced, who has assured, contrary to Darmanin, that "democracy" is based on "guaranteeing the right to demonstrate."

The rally in Paris on Saturday was called by the May 9 Committee and took place to commemorate the death of Sebastien Deyzieu, a French far-right activist who was killed in 1994 during anti-US demonstrations in the French capital.

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