An “attack of exceptional gravity”: after the publication of a list of “lawyers to be eliminated”, the Toulouse bar takes action

An “attack of exceptional gravity”: after the publication of a list of “lawyers to be eliminated”, the Toulouse bar takes action
An “attack of exceptional gravity”: after the publication of a list of “lawyers to be eliminated”, the Toulouse bar takes action

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Dozens of Toulouse lawyers mobilized this Friday, July 5, in front of the courthouse to denounce a list of “lawyers to eliminate” published on a far-right website on Thursday.

They mobilized in no time. The Toulouse lawyers gathered this Friday at noon on the steps of the courthouse to strongly express their disgust after the publication on a far-right website of a “list of lawyers to be eliminated and exterminated.”

“On a national level, 90 lawyers are specifically exposed, denounces Me Guillaume Lacoste-Vaysse, president of the union of young lawyers. These are lawyers who had the “audacity” to say that they would not comply if the RN passed. They are treated as scum, as lawyers of vermin”. A complaint for “incitement to murder” must be filed.

“Exceptional gravity”

Presidents of chambers and even clerks have joined the Toulouse movement. “These people are attacking the entire judicial institution,” the lawyer points out. “Hidden behind their screens, they expose these lawyers to all crimes.”

The Bar Association voted unanimously on July 5, a motion “to denounce the creation of the list of “lawyers to be eliminated”. It “protests against this publication” which constitutes, according to it, “a call to murder lawyers”. The Bar Council considers that this is an “attack of exceptional gravity”.

“Roll of honor”

Me François Cantier, founder and honorary president of Lawyers Without Borders France and president of the School of Human and Earth Rights, reacted to this list: “The (partial) list of 97 lawyers to be eliminated comes at the right time to remind us what the extreme right is. It was drawn up by a site “Free Network – The Patriots’ Network”. It calls for the murder of lawyers who have called for a blockade of the extreme right by denouncing the danger it represented for freedoms. This is indeed confirmation of the risks that the arrival of the extreme right in power poses for democracy and the fundamental rights of citizens. I invite all lawyers in France to ask the Patriots’ Network to be included on their list which will now constitute the Roll of Honor of those who, by becoming lawyers, have chosen a profession of free men in the service of the rights and freedoms of their fellow citizens.”

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