• Guillaume Delbar, the mayor of Roubaix, decided to file a complaint for threats after the broadcast of a report by

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    devoted to Roubaix and broadcast two weeks ago.

  • Not a day has passed since without the subject coming back to the fore.


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report devoted to Roubaix never ceases to make waves.

On Wednesday, the mayor of the city filed a complaint for threats after a controversial report by M6 partly devoted to Islamism in his city, which had already led to the police protection of the presenter Ophélie Meunier and a young Roubaisien.

In a press release on January 28, the elected various right, Guillaume Delbar, had assured receiving "more than a dozen" messages each day, regretting having become "a living target".

The links of the town hall and an association pointed to by "Forbidden zone"

In the 

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report , broadcast on January 23, there were mentioned the links between the mayor and an association of the city, Ambitions and initiatives for success (AAIR), suspected of providing "Koranic courses" under the guise of courses of Arab with tens of thousands of euros in public funds, particularly municipal ones.

Guillaume Delbar and three members of the association are summoned on October 13 before the Lille Criminal Court for these facts, the first for embezzlement of public funds “by negligence”, the others for “breach of trust” between 2016 and 2020. “ I may have been deceived, I could have been wrong” by supporting “an association which had just split with a mosque that had become Salafist”, had argued Guillaume Delbar.

“Proselyte activity” refuted

They also threatened after the report, the presenter Ophélie Meunier, as well as a young lawyer by training from Roubaix, Amine Elbahi, who appears as a witness, were placed under police protection.

The Roubaisien filed a complaint.

Amine Elbahi had alerted the northern prefecture at the end of 2020 to this association.

In the background, suspicions of clientelism against Guillaume Delbar.

After investigation, the prefecture said it had found that "Arabic courses of a religious nature" were well provided there.

But the president of the association, Nordine Khabzaoui, refutes any “proselytizing activity”.


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