On Sunday I reported on the culture-enriching murder of a 12-year-old girl named Lola in Paris. The sordid details of the case were bad enough then, but even more horrific information has emerged since then. The victim was raped and tortured before she was killed, and the principal Algerian suspect was under a deportation order that had not been carried out.
Murder of Lola in Paris: Elected officials point to the “responsibility” of the government
by Dinah Cohen
Several on the Right and in the Rassemblement National [National Rally] denounce the “horror” of the crime and the presence in France of the principal suspect.
“Barbarism”, “torture”, “agony”…The words don’t seem strong enough to describe the horror of the murder of the young schoolgirl, Lola, whose body was found Friday wrapped in plastic in a trunk in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. Off to the side of the ELA association recital to which she had been invited, First Lady Brigitte Macron spoke Monday on the “absolutely abominable and intolerable tragedy.” “We are with the pupils, the teachers, and certainly with the families,” she stated.
The following morning, the head of state personally received the parents of the victim at the Élysée Palace to assure them of “his complete support”. A reaction deemed tardy by part of the political class, who now point to the “responsibility” of the government for the tragic fate of the child. According to the first results of the investigation, the principal suspect had been the object of an order to leave the country at the end of the summer (OQTF), but this was not carried out.
In the face of these revelations, the deputies of the Right and the nationalist camp did not fail to take the various ministers to task Tuesday afternoon during the questions to the government session. At the microphone, elected representative (RL) Eric Pauget denounced the “weakness of the Republic” and its “laxness”. “Lola lost her life because you did not carry out the expulsion of this foreign national,” the Alpes-Maritimes deputy reproached in addressing the Guardian of the Seals, Eric Dupont-Moretti. “This is the heavy consequence of your inaction,” he stated.
Government taken to task
In the process, the president of the Rassemblement National party, Marine Le Pen, directly challenged the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne. “The suspect in this barbaric act should not have been in our country,” she reproached her, calling into question the “migratory laxness” of the Executive. “You did not gauge the immense, deep emotion this tragedy has awakened in the heart of the French people,” she added.
A few hours earlier, messages addressing the responsibility of the government multiplied on social media. The deputy and candidate for the presidency of the Republicans, Eric Ciotti, demanded that “justice be done, whatever the cost.” His colleague and competitor Aurelien Pradie asked that “little Lola not be lost amid all the various facts.” When the third candidate for the party presidency, Bruno Retailleau, evoked “civilizational combat” and reproached the Minister of Interior “for agitating the extreme Right to mask his incompetence rather than more effectively fighting against the extreme violence.”
On the other side, the ministers tried to mount a defense. From the first critiques, on RTL [French Radio], [Interior Minister] Gérald Darmanin denounced “the indecency in the political positions when a little girl was so obviously raped, tortured and murdered.” “Responsible politicians should reflect on the consequences of their words, if only for the families who see photos of their daughter circulated everywhere.”
Dupond-Moretti denounces “petty political discourse”
From the Bourbon Palace, the Justice Minister also castigated “the petty politics, the petty political discourse,” aimed at “using the coffin of a 12-year-old girl as a steppingstone”. While Elisabeth Bourn called for “respect for the pain of the family,” for “the memory of Lola,” and “the separation of the powers” between the police and judiciary. “Is that all?”, Marine Le Pen retorted to them several times. Several figures on the Right continued to step up, such as Eric Zemmour, the failed presidential candidate, who described the crime as “Francocide”, and has already announced that he would participate in a rally of tribute organized by the Institute for Justice, scheduled Thursday evening in Paris.
On the Left, few contrasting voices were heard. The ecologist Sandrine Rousseau offered her “entire support to the next of kin” and affirmed that “Francocide doesn’t exist”. “Murderers cannot be reduced to a skin color, a religion, or a nationality, without falling into the darkest hours of humanity,” she stated. Referring to “a nameless crime that touches a child,” the rebel François Ruffin also said he was “seized by dread, by anger.” The deputy also called for respecting the wishes of Lola’s family, namely that the “details of the facts don’t take precedence over the message of compassion and support.”