Former soldier, far-right figure… Who is Loïk Le Priol, the main suspect arrested in Hungary?

five days later the murder in Paris of former rugby player Federico Martin Aramburuthe main suspect, Loïk Le Priol, a far-right activist, was arrested during the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in Hungarynear the border with Ukraineconfirmed the Paris prosecutor’s office to 20 minutes.

The 27-year-old is suspected of shooting the Argentine international after an altercation in a bar in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Another man affiliated with the extreme right, who would also have shot the former rugby player, was arrested this Wednesday in Sarthe by the Nantes Investigation and Intervention Brigade (BRI). Meanwhile, a young woman, suspected of having driven the car from which the two men allegedly shot, was accused of “complicity in murder” and in preventive detention on Tuesday.

expelled from the army

Go back a few years. It is 2010. Loïk Le Priol, 16, joins the French Navy School of Foams in Brest. Later, he joined the Montfort Navy Command, as a rifleman, with which he participated in foreign operations in Mali and Djibouti between 2013 and 2015. Services that will also earn him two individual mentions and two Overseas and National Defense medals. But on July 7, 2015, Loïk Le Priol, in his twenties, was repatriated to France on the recommendation of military doctors. The latter detect a state of severe post-traumatic stress related to his function, and add “that drinking alcohol […] It would have affected his judgement,” he explains. the Administrative Court of Appeal of Marseille in a decision that the online medium StreetPress, who devoted a lengthy investigation to the far-right activistseen on the Légifrance website.

But that is not all. According to our colleagues Marianne, who also worked on the course of the young, would also have been implicated in Djibouti for having “beaten and strangled a prostitute”. In its decision, the administrative justice explains that the soldier was placed on extended sick leave on July 9, 2015, which was renewed until the end of December 2017. But even before the end of this trial, Loïk Le Priol was fired from the army. on October 2, 2017, due to the opening of a judicial investigation against him for acts of aggravated violence.

A regular in court

Because the young man is well known in the judicial services. as reported Marianne and AFP, Loïk Le Priol has already been sentenced at age 19 for violence and four months in prison suspended at age 23 for intentional violence at a meeting and drunk driving. But the case that earned him his discharge from the army is the attack on Edouard Klein, the former president of the Union Defense Group (GUD), a far-right group in which Loïk Le Priol is a member in 2015.

On the night of October 8-9, 2015, Loïk Le Priol and four other “guards” violently beat and humiliated Edouard Klein. Filmed, this ultraviolent attack was unveiled by our colleagues at Mediapart. Comme le souligne la cour administrative d’appel, Loïk Le Priol aurait « I filmed the scene, faisant interruption dans l’appartement de la victime aux fins d’une punitive expedition, s’ensuivant lynchage, insultes, humiliations et menaces au moyen d’ a knife”. After his arrest on October 14, 2015 at his home, a judicial investigation is thus opened against the ex-soldier for “aggravated violence resulting in an ITT of eight days”. The young man, 21 years old at the time of the facts, he was remanded in custody and imprisoned in the Fleury-Mérogis remand center, before being placed under judicial supervision from November 3, 2015 to April 7, 2016.

After two dismissals, the five defendants prosecuted for this attack must appear next June 1 before the criminal court for “aggravated violence” with ITT greater than eight days, committed in a meeting, under threat of a weapon, with premeditation. Acts for which some defendants -repeat offenders- incur up to ten years in prison.

“Certified Solid Babtou”

After his military career, Loïk Le Priol launched himself into the business world. In 2016, he released with Louise, his girlfriend at the time, certified solid babtou – backwards “toubab”, a nickname given in certain African countries to whites – a clothing line that is a hit in nationalist circles. “Get your ass out of the chair, pick up some heavy iron, learn your fucking history by reading books as big as your ancestors’ balls, puff out your chest, look up, look up at the sky, and finally join your destiny. Become a certified solid babtou! “, we can read on the brand’s Facebook page. The very young entrepreneur is “tired of seeing young boys vaping cotton candy flavored smoke choosing their latest skinny jeans”, explained in 2016 to Streepress, who asks him about his very young company. Brand building will also earn you an interview at the new editionon Canal +, in 2016, in which he assumes his nationalism.

To promote certified solid Babtou, Loïk Le Priol surrounds himself with various personalities from the extreme right, such as the nationalist youtuber Baptiste Marchais or Julien Rochedy, former president of the National Youth Front, whom he asks to pose with his clothes. And the relationships are not just professional, as evidenced by his profile photos on Facebook and Twitter, where we see him in particular together with Jean-Romée Charbonneau, a candidate for the national rally in Niort during the last municipal elections of 2020 and Julien Rochedy.

if I recognized tuesday on twitterthat Loïk Le Priol was “a friend”, with whom he dated “a few times between 2012 and 2014”, explained that he had “moved [de lui] after the Edouard Klein case. “Everyone who knew Loïk thought that he had calmed down. He had always been crazy, he was followed by an army psychiatrist, but the last time I saw him in Paris, he had a girlfriend, plans, he seemed calm. We were glad “he was better” […]. Then comes this horrible information out of the blue. A fight, alcohol, firearms, Loik who gets scared and commits this unspeakable act…”, adds who today presents himself as an author, trainer and polemicist.

Now in the hands of the police, Loïk Le Priol will be heard in the framework of the investigation opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office for “murder”, entrusted to the criminal squad.

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