Angel Dzhambazki, Bulgarian nationalist MEP, made a Nazi salute on Wednesday in the hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The man, belonging to the eurosceptic group ECR, made this gesture after having intervened during a debate on the rule of law in Poland and Hungary.

Going up the steps leading to the exit of the hemicycle, he turned around and held out his right arm in front of him a few seconds before leaving.

“We will never allow you to tell us what to say and what to do.

Long live Bulgaria, Hungary, Orban, Fidesz and the Europe of nation states”, had previously declared the elected representative of the Bulgarian nationalist party VMRO at the desk of the hemicycle.

Outrageous and outrageous.

Full support dear @sandrogozi 🇪🇺 https://t.co/YmYpT3BZ0f

– Clement Beaune (@CBaune) February 16, 2022

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"The darkest in our history"

He also qualified on Twitter as "abomination" the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union which validated a mechanism, contested by Warsaw and Budapest, allowing to deprive of European funds a country where violations of the rule of law.

“A fascist salute in the European Parliament is unacceptable,” tweeted the president of the institution, the Maltese Roberta Metsola (EPP, right).

“It offends me and it offends everyone in Europe (…) This gesture is part of the darkest chapter of our history and must remain there”.

The vice-president of the European Parliament, the Italian Pina Picierno, who led the debate at the time of the facts, had indicated earlier that the institution would verify with the help of the cameras "whether there was a fascist salute or not and that if this was the case, sanctions would be taken.

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune, who was present at the debate as part of France's EU presidency, called the gesture on Twitter "scandalous and unworthy".

The rules of procedure of the European Parliament specify that MEPs “refrain from any inappropriate behavior” and “from any offensive remarks”.

In the event of non-compliance with these rules, the sanction may relate in particular to participation in parliamentary activities or to allowances.

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