It is described as the youth wing of the extreme right Bloc Identitaire movement that was founded back in 2003 and designed to be a “rally for young French and Europeans who are proud of their roots and of their heritage.”
Generation Identitaire made headlines in November 2012 when members occupied the construction site of a new mosque in the town of Poitiers.
Around 60 members of the French far-right group occupied the site of the future mosque to protest against the influence of Islam in France
They climbed onto the building's roof and displayed a banner marked with “732 generation identity” in reference to the year 732, when Charles Martel halted the advance of the invading Muslim army to the north of Poitiers.
France’s Muslim groups were left shocked and angered by the occupation, saying the wild act risked national cohesion.