This investigation by the Paris Bar Association could lead to sanctions that could go as far as disqualification or deregistration.
The lawyer Fabrice Di Vizio, targeted by a disciplinary procedure by the Paris Bar Association, has been increasing massive appeals against the government’s management of the health crisis for more than a year, inspiring the skepticism of some of his peers.
The president of the Paris Bar Association, Me Olivier Cousi, confirmed to AFP on Wednesday November 10 the opening, the day before, of a disciplinary investigation which could lead to sanctions which could go as far as a ban. exercise or deregistration.
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In question, according to a source familiar with the matter, his virulent statements. In mid-September, France Info had also indicated that “complaints from unhappy customers [avaient] been received by the Board“. “radically false“, disputes Me Di Vizio. Asked by AFP, Me Di Vizio, who would like to run for a mandate in the June legislative elections, said that he had not been notified of this procedure, considering that it was “inadmissible“, while rejoicing, declaring that”Finally, they are after me!“.
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Shrill voice, round glasses, leather jacket, this 47-year-old lawyer specializing in public health law became a media personality from the start of the health crisis, in the spring of 2020. Regular guest on the showDo not touch My TVby Cyril Hanouna on C8, he also often appeared alongside the leader of the “patriots“, Florian Philippot, who boasts to AFP a man “passionate in his fight and demanding in his argument“.
To his more than 130,000 followers on Twitter, he distills abundant comments on his legal remedies, punctuated by messages hostile to vaccination. “I will die of the Covid if necessary but I will not be vaccinated. Between living like a coward and dying with honor, my choice is made“, he launched in July.
On his website, the lawyer claims to have treated “sensitive and complex files, ranging from Mediator to the H1N1 flu“. He often defends health professionals who oppose government decisions. Me Di Vizio is also the lawyer for the controversial Professor Didier Raoult in a disciplinary file before the Order of Physicians of New Aquitaine, which examined two complaints in early November.
In his hunting list, Me Di Vizio can include his complaints filed for several doctors and individuals who contributed to the opening of a judicial investigation at the Court of Justice of the Republic in July 2020 aimed in particular at Edouard Philippe, Olivier Véran and Agnès Buzyn, on the management of the health crisis. The former Minister of Health was indicted in early September for “endangering the life of others“.
But Me Di Vizio has also made a name for himself with his massive class actions and actions. Several thousand complaints have thus arrived in a few weeks at the CJR about the management of the Covid-19 epidemic. They are “accessible online, on Me Di Vizio’s website. There are four models, concerning different facts and ministers“, noted in September a judicial source. This “judicial harassment“, as the lawyer calls it himself, is a well-established practice, according to former clients. “He told doctors to do actions at twenty or at fifty“Recalls Doctor Jérôme Marty, President of the French Union for Free Medicine (UFML) represented by the lawyer between 2013 and 2015. “It was 50 to 100 euros per person. Members paid several times and complained that it was not successful“.
During the summer, when Emmanuel Macron announced the generalization of the health pass and the vaccination obligation for caregivers, Me Di Vizio introduced two appeals: 1.20 euros per signatory against the pass and between 100 and 300 euros depending on the professional categories against compulsory vaccination. The system was even industrialized a little later thanks to a website on which there are models of complaints and appeals.
A method “misleading“, disputes a former member of the council of the Bar Association in Paris. “He appeals for 2 euros against decisions of the Constitutional Council, before the Council of State, when he knows that it will not work. Legally, a decision of the Constitutional Council is not contestable“. Another lawyer, a specialist in public health, disputes his practices, “a vein», «do not comply with ethical rules“.
Me Di Vizio had already been sanctioned by his peers in July 2015, according to a source familiar with the matter: 18 months ban on practicing the profession of lawyer, reduced to six months suspended on appeal in September 2016.