William Molinié, edited by Gauthier Delomez 06h17, March 28, 2023

According to information gathered by Europe 1, a French eco-activist involved in the clashes last Saturday against the mega-basins in Sainte-Soline is the subject of police cooperation between Paris and Berlin. Dressed as a monk, he became known to the general public last January in Germany during the evacuation of a ZAD.

He earned his nickname in the small world of intelligence. The one who is now nicknamed "The Monk" at the France embassy in Berlin resurfaced last Saturday in Sainte-Soline, on the social network Twitter. With a provocative photo: we see a monk brandishing a vest marked "Gendarmerie", accompanied by this comment in English: "A new war trophy". In other shots, he is seen posing in front of burning gendarmerie vans.

cops defending coal mine get stuck in mud #Luetzerathpic.twitter.com/xHJBoukRsN

— Max Granger (@_maxgranger) January 15, 2023

The "Monk" became known to the general public last January in Germany during the evacuation of the ZAD of Lützerah. In a video that has gone viral, he is seen pushing two German policemen mired in knee-deep loose soil. Facts that have been the subject of legal proceedings initiated across the Rhine.

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French eco-activist

According to information gathered by Europe 1, a German policeman was discreetly seconded in France to Sainte-Soline last weekend, embarked in the police force, precisely to try to identify the German nationals present in the Deux-Sèvres. The detection of this individual wearing a monastic habit was then reported.

But who is hiding under the hood of this bure dress? If he is careful not to reveal his face in these new photos and videos, the intelligence services have their little idea. Nothing to do with a hermit: it would be a French eco-activist in his thirties, living in a pavilion in a large city in Burgundy. Married with two children, he was injured by a grenade in Bure in the late 2010s. In 2018, he was very active on Notre-Dame-des-Landes, equipped with tonfa in front of the police, before organizing the following year several gatherings of yellow vests.

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Will "Le Moine" reappear in the coming weeks in the streets of the capital, thanks to the mobilization against the pension reform? He has already announced his intention to go to Bure in early June, a demonstration against nuclear power that was recently redirected to Paris by the organizers.