France to ban Turkish ultranationalist Grey Wolves group
France’s interior minister labelled group ‘particularly aggressive’; told legislators he would seek ban at cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
France plans to ban Turkish far-right nationalist group, the Grey Wolves.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin described the organisation as “particularly aggressive” and told legislators on Monday that he would be seeking its dissolution at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
The ban follows recent incidents in France involving the Grey Wolves group amid growing tensions between France and Turkey and over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
In one incident last weekend, France 3 television reported that the Armenian memorial near Lyon was tagged with pro-Turkish slogans and inscriptions with the Grey Wolves name.
The group was also linked to two anti-Armenian demonstrations by people carrying Turkish flags in the Lyon and Grenoble areas.
Videos of the demonstrations were published online by social media accounts using Grey Wolves symbols.
Cracking down on violence
The ban also came as France has been cracking down on violence following the murder of a French school teacher last month.
Samuel Paty was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin who was seeking to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression.
Following Paty’s murder, France banned a group named after the late Sheikh Yassin, a Palestinian Muslim leader and co-founder of the Hamas movement.