SM President Addresses Far-Right Attacks at Fête de l’Humanité

Far-right editorialists found in the presence of the Magistrates’ Union at the Fête de l’Humanité a new opportunity to spread among public opinion the myth of lax justice.

After Medina, the watchdogs of the Bolloré empire have found a new bone to gnaw on. Their target since September 12? The Magistrates’ Union (SM) and its presence at the Fête de L’Humanité where, for the first time, the organization, which has already organized several debates there, is holding a stand this weekend, alongside the Syndicat des lawyers of France (SAF). “Inadmissible”, storms the very right-wing lawyer and columnist Sarah Saldmann on the RMC set.

At his side, Antoine Diers, former strategy director of the Zemmour campaign, says he is “horrified”. Elsewhere, it is the magistrate Charles Prats, close to the traditional right, who protests against what he judges to be the symbol of a lack of neutrality among judges.

“These criticisms maintain the confusion between the office of the judge and union activity. We are not going to bring justice to the Huma Festival. We are a union and we are going to debate with other actors in the social movement,” recalls Kim Reuflet, president of the SM.

“A flood of insulting emails and letters”

But the damage is done. Now the organization is faced with “a flood of insulting emails and letters”. “People write to us to spew their hatred at us,” she says, shaken. The attacks started from a leaflet distributed by the Unité SGP police FO police union on September 10. “The Magistrates’ Union is abandoning the poor working conditions of magistrates to concentrate on its favorite activity: TAPING the police,” proclaims the leaflet which comments on the SM’s program at the Festival.

Then he concludes: “Stop the politicization of justice by the Magistrates’ Union. » A virulent outing that surprises Kim Reuflet. “We are not against the police. They seem not to accept that we are interested in judicial practices, but that is our job as a union. When we discuss police violence, it is not against the police, it is to discuss the judicial treatment of these cases,” recalls the magistrate.

Behind this offensive, “there is a sort of little anti-judge music that is rising. This feeds the image of an institution that is too politicized and even leftist, and therefore of a biased justice system. This is a theme that the far-right media are very fond of,” notes Kim Reuflet. More frightening, these attacks are taken up by right-wing titles like Le Figaro or Le Point, and relayed by LR or Renaissance deputies.

On CNews, Macronist Violette Spillebout regretted a “sign of politicization, when the French no longer trust their justice”. This vision of an institution which, in the name of left-wing ideals, would be too lax with delinquents, is however not based on any tangible element.

In a survey published in 2021, Le Monde recalled that, concerning crimes, “the number of prison sentences has doubled in twenty years and that, if the number of those convicted for crimes at the assizes is stable, the trend is towards the significant lengthening of sentences. A reality that the far right prefers to keep quiet in order to surf on lies and try to weaken one of the pillars of individual and collective freedoms.

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