“A good kitchen knife”: lawyers, elected officials… the far-right site Réseau libre multiplies calls for murder

“A good kitchen knife”: lawyers, elected officials… the far-right site Réseau libre multiplies calls for murder
“A good kitchen knife”: lawyers, elected officials… the far-right site Réseau libre multiplies calls for murder

The far-right site Réseau Libre has been increasing its calls for murder since the results of the legislative elections on July 7, 2024. Anonymous publications have attacked lawyers and elected officials.

Incitement to hatred and violence is spreading on this obscure site, inaccessible for several days. Its latest actions began the day after the European elections, encouraged by the rise of the extreme right in France.

The site began by distributing a list of lawyers “to send into a ditch or into a stadium” and two days ago, threatened four elected officials from the left : Alexis Corbière, Manuel Bompard, Ian Brossat and Rachel Keke.

Mystery surrounding its origin

Created in 2015, the site proclaims itself “patriot network”. Quite discreet in recent years, Free network brought together members of the French far-right and notably had a very active Telegram channel, which was emptied of all its content on Tuesday: “It’s the holidays! We’ll be back soon! Happy holidays and happy hunting!” he says.

At its beginnings, it had been baptized “Eurocalifat”which is why investigators suspected a French expatriate in Russia, Joel Michel Sambuis, to be at the origin. This ex-member of the National Front (1995), was found in Russia in 2015, explains The worldThe French authorities had wanted to extradite him to France but Moscow had refused.

From 2018, Mediapart suspected the organization of a terrorist attack targeting Muslim people on the site. Following which he had “put on standby” before starting to publish again in 2023, with an IP address located in Russia.

An untouchable site?

It is difficult for investigators to get their hands on the site’s administrators. Being hosted in Russia, it allows itself to spread messages that would be taxed incitement to hatred and violence or threats of death.

Without the agreement of the Russian courts, the connection data will not be communicated to France, indicates The Parisian. It is therefore impossible to find the anonymous contributors to the platform. And Free network goes so far as to boast about it: “Only the laws of the Russian Federation will apply, and no connection data will be disclosed to anyone without a judicial order from a Russian court.”

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