Active with ‘Action Antifasciste Paris-Banlieue‘ and the student group ‘Solidarity”, Clement was attacked by a group of neo-Nazis in central Paris. He was rushed to hospital and later was pronounced ‘brain-dead’
Meric and three of his friends were attending a Fred Perry private sale in the central Rue de Caumartin when a group of four neo-Nazis, including a woman, arrived at the premises.
Eyewitnesses told Le Monde the four sported shaved heads and swastika tattoos; one wore a sweatshirt of British neo-Nazi group Blood and Honour.
Witnesses said that the skinheads started shouting at and shoving the group that included Méric. He was then punched by one of the neo-Nazis who was wearing knuckle dusters.
Méric was tended to by bystanders as he laid unconscious and bleeding on the concrete, before being rushed to the hospital “in a desperate state.”
Originally from the city of Brest in Brittany in northwestern France, Clement was studying in the Sciences Po. His fellow student union members issued a statement saying “the death of our comrade is set in a context of the progression of the fascist movement in France and in Europe.”
Left wing activists said the skinheads were part of the extreme right Revolutionary Nationalist Youth (JNR) group.
All our thoughts are with his family and loved ones whom we express our solidarity.