The 18-year-old, left-wing, gay rights activist, Clément Méric, was pronounced dead yesterday evening at L’Hôpital de la Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris.
Méric was attacked by a group of skinheads, believed by French media to have been linked to a neo-Nazi group in the capital. He was hit in the head with knuckle-dusters, according to eyewitnesses, and confirmed by CCTV footage, and hit his head off a bollard as he fell.
Although he had already been pronounced brain-dead by doctors at the Paris hospital, Parisian police confirmed Méric’s death yesterday, as the teenager succumbed to his injuries.
French President, François Hollande, has publicly condemned the attack while on a visit to Japan. He stated that “measures will be taken” if Méric’s attackers are members of “an organised group.” His words confirm speculation that the attack is linked with neo-Nazi and extreme-right groups such as JNR, and are being taken seriously. Meanwhile, back in Paris, the Parti de Gauche has called on the public to protest against recent far-right activity.
words: Scott De Buitléir