Murder of Federico Martin Aramburu: ultra-right naval commandos, the violent drift of Loïk Le Priol, arrested this Wednesday

Former marine commando, figure of the ultra-right movement, deemed “unstable” and known for “his unbridled violence”: Loïk Le Priol, arrested in Hungary, is the main suspect in the death on Saturday in Paris of ex-rugby player Federico Martin Aramburu.

The young man, aged 27, was arrested overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday in Hungary, near the border with Ukraine. He is suspected of having shot the ex-Argentine international and USAP player who died on the spot, after an altercation in a bar in Saint-Germain-des-Près.

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Another man, also active on the ultra-right, who also allegedly fired, is still wanted. Activist within the Union Defense Group (GUD, ultra-right), Loïk Le Priol was trained at the School of Foams of the National Navy in Brest, between 2010 and 2011.

He was assigned to the Montfort marine commando where he took part in external operations in Mali and Djibouti between 2013 and 2015. He was repatriated to France in July 2015 on the recommendation of military doctors due to a state of stress. severe post-traumatic.

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Disbarred for disciplinary reasons

He was struck off for disciplinary reasons, we learned from the Navy. Known to the judicial services, Loïk Le Priol has already been sentenced at the age of 19 for violence and to four months in prison suspended at 23 for intentional violence in a meeting and drunk driving, according to information. from the Marianne newspaper.

He is currently being prosecuted – along with four other former GUD activists – for “aggravated violence” against a former president of the far-right group in 2015.

In October 2015, Mr. Le Priol and four other “Gudards” violently beat and humiliated a former union leader, forcing him to undress under the beatings. Ultra-violent, the attack had been filmed and then partially broadcast by Mediapart.

“Unbridled Violence”

After two dismissals, the five alleged attackers must appear on June 1 next before the criminal court for “aggravated violence” with ITT greater than 8 days, committed in a meeting, under the threat of a weapon, with premeditation. Facts for which some (recidivists) incur up to ten years in prison.

In 2016, he launched a line of “identity” clothing, Babtou Solide – toubab upside down, a name given in Africa to Europeans and whites. Identity YouTubers like Baptiste Marchais and Julien Rochedy had posed with these t-shirts. The latter evokes on Twitter “a friend” whom he hardly saw anymore, with whom he hung out “sometimes around 2012-2014”. “Those who knew Loïk all thought he had calmed down.

He had always been cracked, he was followed by an army shrink, but the last time I saw him in Paris, he had a girlfriend, plans, seemed peaceful. We were happy + that he was better +”, writes Julien Rochedy.

“What is extraordinary in the case of Le Priol is that for a long time he had been known as an individual of unbridled violence. In this affair, it is more the individual than the group (GUD ) which is in question.

Priol was known to be particularly uncontrollable, including with its own comrades,” political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, a specialist on the far right, told AFP. “Why did the army tolerate the entry into its ranks of someone who was obviously unstable? Someone so paroxystically prone to violence has no place in an elite unit of the French army (…) There is a miss”he says.

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