An investigation for “intentional violence in meetings” was opened at the end of March, after the death of a young man in Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis), hit by a tram following violence, announced the prosecutor of Bobigny , Monday, April 4, while presidential candidates wonder about the possibly anti-Semitic nature of the facts. This hypothesis was not mentioned by the Bobigny prosecution.
On Wednesday February 16, shortly after 8 p.m., Jeremy Cohen was crossing the railway tracks when he was hit by tram 1 in Bobigny. A few seconds before the tragedy, he had been beaten by young people. Victim of cardio-respiratory arrest and head trauma, he died shortly after midnight in hospital.
A first investigation had been opened to determine the circumstances of the death. “The hypothesis that the victim crossed the tram tracks to escape his attackers was naturally taken into account”, underlined the public prosecutor Eric Mathais, in a press release Monday. On March 29, a judicial investigation was opened on the grounds of “intentional violence in a meeting resulting in death without the intention of giving it”, continued the prosecutor.
A video shared on social media
According to the family of the deceased, interviewed by Radio Shalom, the young man suffered from an invisible disability. His two brothers towed at the scene and collected a video showing some of the drama, widely shared on social media on Monday.
According to a police source, a video, confirming the hypothesis of an altercation between the victim and several individuals, was received on March 10 by the investigators. The investigation was entrusted to the judicial police of the department.
On Monday April 4, the far-right candidate for the presidential election, Marine Le Pen, given her presence in the second round against Emmanuel Macron, wondered in a tweet about the “silence on this matter”wondering what “could be an anti-Semitic murder”. His rival Eric Zemmour spoke about it in four tweets. “Did he die to escape scum? Did he die because he was a Jew? Why is this case hushed up? »he asked.
“Our concern is to convince and move forward with the judicial authority without any recovery”reacted on BFM-TV, the family lawyer, Franck Serfati. “The Cohen family does not come to cry anti-Semitism”he added. “It would be to distort the facts and to prejudge. But we must not exclude at the moment that it is the aggravating element of anti-Semitism. »
The President of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) Francis Kalifat wished that “all avenues should be explored”expressing his “stronger emotion” and his “full solidarity with the family”.
“All light must be shed”on the drama, for their part, asked for two other presidential candidates, Jean-Luc Mélenchon of La France insoumise and Yannick Jadot of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts.