In an act of blatant politically motivated violence, Pierre Le Camus, a candidate for Rassemblement National (RN) in last month’s legislative elections, was attacked over the weekend in Bordeaux by a mob of black-clad, far-left extremists.
The incident unfolded at around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning when 22-year-old Le Camus along with his brother and a friend—all of whom had been sitting on the terrace of a café in the city’s center—were targeted by a swarm of individuals who the local RN executive has identified as far-left extremists belonging to the so-called ‘anti-fascist’ scene, the Paris-based newspaper Le Figaro reports.
“I was having a beer with my brother and a friend while the rest of our group was seated. Two people approached and started to have a threatening attitude towards us, saying ‘you don’t know who we are but we know very well who you are,” Le Camus, a former RN candidate for the 2nd constituency of Gironde, recounted to the newspaper.
Then, continuing on, Le Camus said that about thirty or forty people dressed in all black—some of whom were wearing masks—surrounded him, his brother, and his friend before brutally assaulting them.
“It was very violent. There was a real will to do harm. They flipped the terrace table, chairs were thrown…We took blows and a glass bottle was shattered on the back of my head. My brother was on the ground and they kept beating him.”
“They left as quickly as they arrived, shouting ‘Bordeaux Antifa,’ Bordeaux is ours,” the RN official continued.
While the injuries Le Camus sustained were able to be treated at the crime scene, his brother, who suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, head trauma, and a bone tear in his right hand, had to be taken to the local hospital.
During comments given to Le Figaro, Le Camus lamented the “total lack of reaction from Bordeaux politicians” on the establishment left and right who he says “all remained strangely silent when generally they rise up without delay.”
In the wake of the political violence, RN leaders Marine Le Pen and Jordan Berdella, along with several members of Eric Zemmour’s Reconquête! Party, expressed their support for Le Camus, who, despite the violent attack, says his political commitment remains unchanged.
“I continue to believe that the fight I am fighting is the right one,” he said.
The incident comes amid a rising tide of political violence in the heart of Europe, with Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) revealing in January that last year—for the second year in a row—saw the number of politically-motivated crimes reach their highest level since the agency began recording figures more than twenty years ago, as The European Conservative previously reported.
The same year, for the third consecutive year, members of the and politicians from the anti-globalist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party were the most frequent victims of political violence—a trend that the country’s liberal mainstream press has continuously failed to cover.