LGBTI+ Police Association Elects Controversial Far-Right President

On August 26, Michaël Bucheron, co-founder and former president of the association FLAG!, which brings together police officers, firefighters and agents of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice committed against LGBTphobia, denounced on his Twitter account the election of a new president close to the extreme right. In an open letter addressed to the members of the association, the 15 signatories, including five founding members, point the finger at the “drifts” of FLAG! and call for “an awakening of consciences, an unfailing mobilization of the police for a great republican start”.

The former president, Johan Cavirot, in office for almost four years, announced his departure on August 24. Michel Leguéret, a 58-year-old brigadier, was elected by the administration committee to replace him. An election that is controversial since recent positions taken by Leguéret, close to the far right and in particular Eric Zemmour, have resurfaced. The signatories of the open letter thus explain that it is “unacceptable” for FLAG! “can elect, within it, a president defending values contrary to the essential rights of LGBTQI + people, to the fight against LGBTphobia and racism”.

For these angry members, the sudden coming to power of Michel Leguéret within the association seems almost like something largely prepared. “Upon his arrival, former President Johan Cavirot quickly began to centralize power around him, we had less and less information and as soon as we asked too many questions we felt like we were breaking our feet,” confides to us a member and founder of the association. This deleterious atmosphere continued until last May, when a general meeting initiated by some of the directors completely changed the organization of FLAG! : there are fewer elections and more appointments. “They also wanted to set up a more opaque voting system during the biannual re-election of the board of directors, which seemed a bit complicated to us from a democratic point of view,” adds our source.

Given the disagreement on the new organization put in place, the choices made during the first assembly were declared invalid. A second extraordinary general meeting is organized three weeks later and ends with a largely different result. “There were a lot of people in the room that we didn’t know and the founding members, in the lead in the first vote, found themselves losing half of their votes. There was a large number of proxies, so we think that there were phone calls that were made to convince those who could not vote, “says a member. At the end of this second vote, historical members were therefore removed from the board of directors, while a certain Michel Leguéret, who lost in the first vote, arrived.

Johan Cavirot pushed to the exit

After this vote, a member of the association discovered with astonishment the existence of a website called The site is aimed at companies and offers them training by directly mentioning FLAG!, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Armed Forces as their previous customers. “Either there is a conflict of interest because Johan Cavirot made FLAG work! for a private company that belongs to him without us knowing about it, or else he sells his project by fraudulently using our logos”, explains a member of FLAG!. This interference greatly undermines the confidence of members in their president, and pushes him to resign a few days later.

Before leaving, Johan Cavirot still takes the liberty of recommending Michel Leguéret to the board of directors as a possible successor. First becoming vice-president in charge of questions on the national police, Michel Leguéret is suddenly seriously considered to become the president of the association.

Close to the far right

A few days before the vote, members discovered the political positions of Michel Leguéret, which he had until then kept to himself. Then president of the Sovereign Alliance of the Rance Estuary (ASER), an association which brings together members of the National Front, the name of Michel Leguéret appears in 2021 alongside that of Eric Zemmour. The policeman from Saint-Malo is indeed the co-organizer of the coming of the presidential candidate for a cultural conference in Pleurtuit (Ille-et-Vilaine).

This discovery immediately created unease within FLAG!, but it did not prevent the board of directors from electing him as president of the association. “Discussing with directors, we realized that the board had learned about it a few days before us and that they elected him knowingly. According to feedback, a kind of terror had settled in the office which meant that the first member of the board who flinched risked leaving, “says a member. “It fits into the caricature of what we can think of certain extremist movements, we thought we were dreaming! “, he adds.

“I never wanted to be President”

Faced with the controversy and the open letter mentioned above, Michel Leguéret announced his resignation on Sunday August 27. In a long message, he declares that he “never wanted to be President” and denies his acquaintances with Eric Zemmour: “I was contacted in November 2021 by a writer named Raynald Secher so that I could find a room for a dedication of Zemmour’s book, who was not even a candidate at the time. I found this room, he did his “show” and he left,” he explains.

However, Leguéret specifies that he is only resigning from his position as Chairman, and therefore remains on the Board of Directors. The council should meet in the coming days to find a replacement for him.

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