Some methods of Eric Zemmour's campaign are of interest to justice.

A preliminary investigation was opened Tuesday in Paris after the complaint of two associations on a canvassing by SMS targeting French voters of the Jewish faith before the first round of the presidential election.

The investigations were entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of personal crime (BRDP).

An SMS signed with the name of the candidate was sent Friday to many mobile phones in France referring to a page published by the party Reconquest!

displaying a text explicitly addressed to French Jews.

"Following a complaint from the UEJF and the association J'accuse AIPJ, an investigation was opened today into the charges of detention, storage, recording, transmission of personal data outside the cases provided for by law, communication to a third party without authorization and misuse of the purposes of a personal data file”, specified the prosecution.

The CNIL is also investigating

The Penal Code punishes with five years' imprisonment and a fine of 300,000 euros the creation of a file showing religious beliefs or racial or ethnic origins without the consent of the person concerned.

The National Commission for Computing and Liberties had already opened an investigation following this canvassing.

The Cnil stipulates that “the processing of personal data which reveals (…) religious beliefs” is “prohibited”, unless “the person concerned has given his explicit consent to the processing of this personal data for one or more several specific purposes.

The candidate's message, now offline, was entitled: "Message from Éric Zemmour to French people of the Jewish faith".

The polemicist, who gathered 7% of the vote on Sunday, presented himself as "the only one to denounce the expansion of Islam which is ravaging our country".

"The anti-Semitism that kills today is Islamic," he added.

A list never seen "since the roundup of the Vél 'd'Hiv"

Asked by BFMTV, Éric Zemmour's team had confirmed that they were behind the campaign to send "ten thousand SMS" which linked to the candidate's web page.

One of the leaders of the Reconquest campaign!

had assured the news channel that this political canvassing had been set up with the help of a personal data broker, who buys databases to trade in them.

"We are impatiently waiting for the police to do their job," said Stéphane Lilti, who filed a complaint for the Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF).

His colleague Me Sacha Ghozlan, who filed a complaint for the association "J'accuse", denounced on Twitter Tuesday "the most massive exploitation of lists of names of Jews since the roundup of Vél 'd'Hiv".

Three other associations, the International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (Licra), SOS Racisme and Mrap (Movement against racism and for friendship between peoples), also announced that they had filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Paris prosecutor's office. .

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