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Profile: Generation Identity (Generation Identitaire)

1- Name of NGO:

Generation Identity (Generation Identitaire)

2- Brief & Mission:

The youth wing of Bloc Identitaire, Generation Identity is a small far-right anti-migrant group that became publicly known in 2012 with a video entitled “A declaration of war.” Generation Identity describes itself as a youth movement that aims to preserve European identity, culture, and heritage. It advocates for stricter immigration policies against the muslims in Europe and protection of national borders, and the rejection of multiculturalism. They think the presence of a Muslim population on French territory would threaten the security and identity of the European Nation. 

3- Bias, Agenda & Motivation: 

The movement is known for its strong anti-immigration and anti-Islam stance, often promoting a narrative of cultural preservation and defending what it perceives as the traditional values of European nations. They strongly oppose the Islamization of Europe. Generation Identity’s agenda revolves around promoting ethno-cultural nationalism, resisting what it views as the erosion of European identity, and opposing what it perceives as the Islamization of Europe. Their prime target is the Muslim community, rooted in their belief in the ‘Great Replacement’ theory popularized by French author Renaud Camus in 2011, which states that the white European population is being replaced by non-Europeans coming mainly from the Middle East and North Africa.

4- Links to Governments/Political Agenda:

Generation Identity does not have direct links to governments, but it has gained some influence within far-right and nationalist political circles in Europe. Some individuals associated with the movement have attempted to establish political parties or run for office in different countries. Secretly filmed footage from Generation Identity’s headquarters in the northern city also expose close ties between the violent youth group and Marine Le Pen‘s National Front despite a push by the party to distance itself from its xenophobic and racist roots.

5- Sources of Funding:

The movement has relied on various sources of funding, including donations from supporters, crowdfunding campaigns, and merchandise sales. However, it has faced scrutiny regarding financial transparency and potential connections to extremist networks. The exact sources and extent of the group’s funding are not publicly disclosed.

6- Activities:

Generation Identity organizes demonstrations and protests, particularly in areas with a significant Muslim population, to express its opposition to what it perceives as attacks on European values. The group has engaged in controversial activities, such as attacking muslim worship places. Generation Identity first came to prominence in France when it occupied a mosque in Poitiers in the west of the country in 2012. Some 73 protesters occupied the mosque for more than six hours before police ejected them. Days later, they issued a “declaration of war” on multiculturalism and called for a national referendum on Muslim immigration.

7- NGO Leadership:

Cyril Wayenburg was Generation Identity’s head of activism in Lille. Aurelien Verhassel was the head of Generation Identity (Flanders Branch) and the manager of the Citadelle bar. Pierre Larti was the one-time spokesperson for Generation Identity and long-standing head of the Paris branch of the movement.

8- Controversy

Group had been involved in several controversies due to its anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant stance. It had faced legal action, including fines and imprisonment for incitement to discrimination. Aurelien Verhassel, the leader of GI’s Flanders branch based in Lille, is among many members who have convictions for violence. The group’s activities, such as the distribution of discriminatory pamphlets and organizing protests that have turned violent, have drawn criticism from civil rights organizations and the broader public. Since its foundation, GI has conducted high-profile operations which have served as publicity stunts. In 2019, over one hundred activists dressed as police officers set up plastic fences in the Alps along the Italian border, a crossing point for migrants, to protest against immigration.

9- Contact Details:

  • Website: 
  • Address: France

10- Classification/Blacklist:

Generation Identity has faced criticism and has been classified as a right wing extremist group by organizations and experts. Several countries, such as Austria, Germany and France have monitored or banned certain activities associated with the movement. The group was banned by the French Government for being hostile to migrants, for incitement to discrimination, hatred and violence. It was totally dissolved at a Cabinet meeting, in line with instructions from the French Interior minister in march 2021.

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