A website inspired by a pro-Nazi World War II-era newspaper is no longer online after the French Interior Minister urged its closure and warned that its publishers and backers may be prosecuted.
Gérald Darmanin denounced the site, Je Suis Partout (I Am Everywhere), in a Twitter post as “deeply scandalous and nauseating”, and said that he had urged French law enforcement agencies to close the site “as quickly as possible” and to prosecute the publishers and backers. In a later tweet, Mr Darmanin said that web hosting companies and social media managers “must recognise their responsibilities.”
It is unclear whether the site’s disappearance is due to French Government intervention or to a decision to move to another hosting company.
The website had the same name as a weekly newspaper published in France during the Nazi occupation by French Nazi and collaborator Robert Brasillach, and its main offering was an elaborate graphic under the headline Ils Sont Partout (They Are Everywhere) that purported to show Jewish control of media and other key industries in France.
There has been a fresh wave of antisemitic conspiracy theories across France in recent weeks. It is believed to have originated with an antisemitic rant by a retired French army general during a now-infamous television interview in June.
Last Wednesday, a memorial in Perros-Guirec dedicated to Simone Veil, a Holocaust survivor and former Minister of Health, was found vandalised.