Parents of murdered daughter plead with French politicians not to exploit their daughter’s death
The parents of a French schoolgirl whose gruesome murder shocked the country on Friday urged right-wing politicians to stop exploiting her death for political gain.
Investigators have established that the woman had overstayed a student visa and failed to comply with a notice issued in August to leave France within 30 days.
Conservative and far-right parties have used the case to accuse the president Emmanuel Macronof the government for failing to enforce immigration laws, arguing that strict enforcement of deportation orders could have prevented the murder.
But her parents, who met Macron earlier this week, pleaded with politicians on Friday to stop exploiting their daughter’s murder, after her photo was displayed at a far-right protest in Paris the day before.
In a statement sent to AFP on Friday, they called for an immediate end to “any use of their child’s name and image for political purposes” so that they can “honor the memory of their child in peace, respect and dignity”.
Photos and drawings of the girl have been widely posted on social media, with far-right activists using the case to berate the government for its record on illegal immigration.
On Thursday, activists from far-right parties, including Marine Le Penof the National Rally and Eric Zemmour‘s Reconquest took part in rallies in Paris in tribute to the victim, holding up photos and portraits of her.
On Friday morning, worshipers at a mosque in Pessac, near Bordeaux, in southwestern France, discovered it had been defaced with slogans referring to the case and denouncing the government.
And the police opened an investigation after one of their agents gave graphic details of the case in an interview with the television channel BFMTV. The interview, filmed in a way to conceal his identity, aired on Friday.
Dominique Sopo, president of the anti-racist group SOS Racisme, has already denounced the “gross indecency” of what he described as political exploitation of the affair.
Alexandre Silva, the defendant’s lawyer, called for an end to “misinformation” around the case.
Speaking on the sidelines of a Brussels Friday’s summit, Macron said the family needed “the nation’s respect and affection.”
“Lola” is to be buried Monday in Lillers, in the north of France.