why is Didier Raoult’s lawyer subject to disciplinary proceedings?

Who is he ?

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.

A regular guest on the program “Touche pas à mon poste” (C8) by Cyril Hanouna, he has also often appeared alongside the leader of the “Patriots”, Florian Philippot, who boasts of a man “passionate in his fight and demanding in its argumentation”. To his more than 130,000 followers on Twitter, he distills abundantly comments on his legal remedies, punctuated by messages hostile to vaccination. “I will die of Covid if necessary but I will not be vaccinated. Between living like a coward and dying with honor, my choice is made,” he said in July.

On his website, the lawyer claims to have handled “sensitive and complex cases, 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 at the beginning of November, in Bordeaux.

Why this procedure against him?

The president of the Paris Bar Association, Me Olivier Cousi, confirmed on Wednesday the opening of a disciplinary investigation against Fabrice Di Vizio which could lead to sanctions that could go as far as a ban on practicing or radiation. . In question, according to a source familiar with the matter, his virulent statements. In mid-September, franceinfo had also indicated that “complaints from dissatisfied customers (had) been received by the Council”. “Radically false”, disputes Me Di Vizio.

Faced with this outcry, Me Di Vizio, who would like to run for a mandate in the June legislative elections, affirmed that he had not been notified of this procedure, considering it “inadmissible”, but rejoicing at it. “Finally, they are after me! »

These collective actions: a “misleading” method?

Me Di Vizio has also made a name for himself with his massive class actions and actions. This “judicial harassment”, as the lawyer calls it himself, is a well-established practice, according to former clients. “He told doctors to take action at twenty or fifty,” recalls Doctor Jérôme Marty, president of the French Union for Free Medicine (UFML) represented by the lawyer between 2013 and 2015. “It was from 50 to 100 euros per person. Members paid several times and complained that it did not succeed”.

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 “misleading” method, disputes a former member of the council of the Bar Association in Paris. “He is appealing 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, specialist in public health, disputes his practices, “a vein”, “not in accordance with the rules of ethics”.

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.

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