Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza: children caught up in the conflict

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Was the UN chief’s speech in Tel Aviv really a 'shameful message'?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France concerned about anti-Semitism

Read more

WEB NEWS

Online movement demands peace in Gaza

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Apple aims to satisfy China's hunger for smartphones

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin? (part two)

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin?

Read more

  • Paris braced for new pro-Palestinian rally after clashes

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • Netherlands honours MH17 victims in day of mourning

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • Kerry arrives in Israel to push for Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Flight MH17 shot down ‘by mistake', US intelligence indicates

    Read more

  • US, European airlines suspend flights to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • Australian veteran Rogers claims 16th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • French Jews mourn French-Israeli soldier killed in Gaza

    Read more

France

Skinhead ‘admitted’ brass knuckles in deadly fight with French leftist

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-25

One of the two skinheads being investigated over the death of a far-left activist in a brawl outside a Paris clothes sale wrote a text message bragging about using brass knuckles in the deadly fight, French media has reported.

Samuel Dufour, who is under investigation for the manslaughter of 18-year-old Clément Méric, has repeatedly denied using a knuckle duster, and has told investigators he did not even hit the leftist “Antifa” (anti fascist) militant.

Dufour’s co-accused Esteban Morillo, 20, has admitted hitting Méric in the brawl, but insists he did so with his bare hands.

But according to left-leaning daily Libération, analysis of his mobile phone showed he had sent an SMS mail to a friend immediately after the brawl saying: “I used your brass knuckles... we smashed them [the leftists] up.”

Contacted by news agencies on Tuesday, Dufour’s lawyer Antoine Vey said his client was still adamant that no brass knuckles were used against Méric.

“If this does point to the use of this weapon, it doesn’t change the fact that Samuel Dufour had no physical contact with Méric that night,” he said.

“Moreover, forensic evidence shows that no blunt instrument, such as brass knuckles, was used against Méric.”

Sources close to the investigation say another witness, an “Antifa” friend of Méric’s who was involved in the fight, said he had “faced off” with Dufour during the entire incident.

Investigators are still trying to determine exactly how last June’s brawl, outside a sale of specialist clothes favoured by skinheads and leftists alike, kicked off.

Reports suggested Méric may have been the aggressor and thrown the first punch in the fight near Paris’s Saint-Lazare.

Despite this, the outrage caused by his death led to calls for a crackdown on French skinhead groups. 

Date created : 2014-02-25

  • FRANCE

    Leftist killed in skinhead brawl 'threw first punch'

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Murder charge sought in Paris skinhead attack

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Skinheads, anti-fascists and the Fred Perry connection

    Read more

COMMENT(S)