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After a small verbal altercation with the head of state, Richard Z. claims to have been the victim of an "abusive" identity check.
Richard Z., originally from Aisne, is a yellow vest from the first hour. Tuesday July 14, he finds himself face to face with the Head of State and his wife, at the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, by the greatest of hazards. Then follows a discussion that quickly went viral on social networks.
But this day, this father of five will remember it. As he assures at the Parisian, Richard Z. ended up at the police station, "blocked for more than four hours", for an identity check unrelated to his Elysian exchange.
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It is around 6 pm when he and his colleagues meet the President of the Republic and decide to chant "Macron resignation!". "You can be selfish. There is a democracy," quipped the head of state in response. The discussion then becomes chaotic.
"Macron smiled when I had just been gassed 50 minutes before, he continues with our colleagues. (...) I have no regrets on the merits, but I would have liked to explain our claims more clearly , that's for sure ", explains Richard Z., whom we hear insulting Emmanuel Macron with all the names on the videos filmed by onlookers.
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If the exchange ends in a more peaceful way, the yellow cardigan says that the chef from the state, "got it": "I think he did it on purpose to come and see the gangster", he still judges. In a live Facebook post, Richard Z. explains that he ended the day at the 15th arrondissement police station. He claims in particular to have come out with his son and two friends, just before 11 pm.
A large quarter of an hour after speaking to the Head of State, mobile gendarmes indeed arrested them still near the Tuileries. "We weren't singing, we weren't hooded, and we weren't wearing yellow vests," he told the Parisian. A control deemed abusive by the demonstrator which lasted "more than four hours".
Contacted this Wednesday by the Ile-de-France daily, the Paris police headquarters was unable to detail the reasons for this identity check to our colleagues.
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