After Student Killing, France Bans Far-right Rally
French authorities banned a far-right youth rally set for Saturday in the southern city of Toulouse after the killing of a left-wing student this week sparked alarm over street violence by ultra-right groups.
Toulouse’s Socialist mayor had expressed concern about a planned torchlight evening march to commemorate the victory of a Christian army in 721 over Muslims besieging the city, after a clash between ultra-right and far-left youths in Paris on Wednesday led to the death of a 19-year-old student.
France vows crackdown on far-right after skinhead attack
French Interior Minister Manuel Valls vowed Friday to crack down on far-right groups after a leftist student activist died following a fight with skinheads in Paris.
The death of 18-year-old Clement Meric, a student at the country’s prestigious Sciences-Po university, sent shockwaves across France, with thousands attending rallies in Paris and other major cities and politicians across the political spectrum condemning the attack.