• France's news in English

Victim's family to boycott Hollande's Paris homage

The Local · 25 Nov 2015, 15:17

Published: 25 Nov 2015 15:17 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Friday, 27th November will be a national day of homage to the 130 victims of  the Paris attacks.

And François Hollande wants the people of France to display their patriotism.

Citizens "could participate by decorating their homes with the blue, white and red flag," government spokesman Stephane Le Foll announced on Thursday.

Over one thousand family members of those who were killed and injured in the attacks have been invited to the Hôtel National des Invalides on the banks of the Seine in Paris.

Le Foll said that the aim of inviting the public to bedeck their houses in the national colours was “to allow everyone to participate in this event, in one way or another." He added that although not everyone could attend the ceremony in the Invalides, the government were aware that "there is a lot of emotion”.

But the family of one of the victims of the attacks is not happy with the idea, and has called for a public boycott of the homage.

Emmanuelle Prévost, whose brother was killed in the shootings at the Bataclan concert hall, took to Facebook to explain that she felt the government was partly responsible for the attacks.

(The Invalides, where the national homage will take place. Photo: AFP)

Prévost, who family is from Lambesart ,a town near Lille, outlined the reasons for her boycott in a post on her personal Facebook page and on the page ‘We miss you FX’, dedicated to her brother’s memory. 

“As the family of François-Xavier Prévost, victim of this slaughter, we will not participate,” wrote Prévost. “We refuse the hand extended by the political representatives of France.”

She then listed what she perceived to be the authorities’ errors of judgement and failures to prevent the attacks, that have been evoked by many in the aftermath of the November 13th bloodshed.

“In France, it is possible to have a link with a terrorist network, to go to Syria and to come back freely," she said.

Prévost said that the reason for her family's anger was the failure of the authorities to combat radicalism effectively. “Because in France, 89 mosques are listed as being radical... Because in France, a man who committed a murder in 2006, sentenced in 2008, was free in 2013,” she said, referring to Jawad Bendaoud, the man who rented an apartment in Saint-Denis to the terrorists.

Prévost referred to the killings at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in January, saying: “Nothing was done and ten months later the same men were able to start again, killing ten times as many people.”

Story continues below…

“No thank you Mr President. Your extended hand, your homage, we don’t want it and you are partly responsible for what has happened to us. It was necessary to act earlier. The attacks in January should have been enough!”

She concluded her message by asking others to join her in the boycott.

First published on November 23rd, the post has been shared almost 17,000 times.

Among those who have commented on the message the French MP and Mayor of Lambesart, Marc-Philippe Daubresse, who has also pointed the finger of blame at the government.

“Eleventh months of losses, I’m angry. We can’t stop ourselves asking how many lives could have been saved if the public powers had acted earlier," he said.

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Where exactly in France are Calais migrants being sent?
Photo: AFP

Here's where the 8,000 migrants in Calais are heading.

The annoying questions only a half French, half British person can answer
Photo: Beery/Flickr/AFP

Being half French, half British is means you get asked a lot of questions (and some of them can be a little annoying.)

Migrants bussed out of Calais Jungle to all corners of France
All photos: AFP

Hundreds of migrants are being bussed across France on Monday ahead of the demolition of the Jungle camp.

The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
A Prophet. Photo: YouTube Screengrab

Looking for something to watch?

The must-see French films of the millennium - Part Two
Rust and Bone. Photo: YouTube Screengrab

The newest French films you need to see before you die (or alternatively when you get some spare time).

Election Watch
Presidential hopeful reckons a pain au chocolat is 10 cents

So France happily takes the pastry out of him.

French ministry of defence officials die in plane crash
Screengrab: eddydeg/Twitter

The French Ministry of Defence officials were killed on Monday when a light aircraft went down on the island of Malta.

Revealed: The ten most stolen cars in France
A Smart car in Paris. Photo: JR_Paris/Flickr

Thieves in France are getting a taste for luxury cars, it seems.

Analysis - France migrant crisis
Migrant crisis won't end with Calais 'Jungle' closure
All Photos: AFP

The Jungle camp may be being cleared but this won't be the end of the migrant crisis in France.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'to sell their French chateau'
All photos: AFP

Want to live where Brangelina got married?

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available