On the evening of Wednesday, November 19, 2014, two police officers from the nearby city of Clermont-Ferrand, one of whom a commander, went to the home of Professor Faurisson in Vichy in order to conduct a search: they were looking to seize a computer and certain documents. They found neither the computer nor the documents.
The Strasbourg office of the LICRA (“international league against racism and anti-semitism”) had requested the local public prosecutor to take action against the appearance, on an “Unofficial Blog” of professor Faurisson, of two articles about the wartime camp of Natzweiler-Struthof in Alsace:
“It is time to have done with the Struthof ‘gas chamber’ and its 86 ‘victims’”
“Note on the alleged Struthof gas chamber”
Declaring its lack of jurisdiction, the Strasbourg prosecutor’s office had referred the case to that in the small town of Cusset on the outskirts of Vichy, where an investigating magistrate had, in turn, ordered the aforementioned Clermont-Ferrand police commander to investigate.
French law authorises searches only between 6am and 9pm (however, if a search has begun at 8.45pm it may continue beyond 9pm). But the professor – whose case is decidedly a particular one – can also see the BAC (anti-violent crime section) suddenly appear at his house in the middle of the night. This has happened twice, while thus far there have been a total of five searches.
This November 19 the commander, upon taking leave, said that his present “visit” would be followed by other “visits”.
The professor’s wife, aged 82 and with a heart condition, finds it quite hard to bear this state of things. She worries about the health of her husband, nearly 86, recently a heart attack victim himself and also victim, over the years, of ten physical assaults (none of which has ever given rise to a serious search for the attackers). In particular, she was disturbed at seeing one of her grandsons, a 22 year-old student staying at the house that day, having to undergo questioning, show his own computer and sign a statement. That said, the two officers assigned to this job were of irreproachable conduct from beginning to end.
November 21, 2014