Hundreds of people marched through the streets of Paris waving French national flags and holding giant banners with“Generation Identitaire” and “Native Youth” written on them. They also sang the Marseillaise – the French national anthem.
Over 500 people joined the rally.
The protesters chanted anti-immigration and anti-islamization slogans such as “No to islamization,” “the French are angry”and “Here is our home!” They also burned flares and smoke bombs.
The demonstrators marched peacefully through the streets of the French capital, without any clashes with police reported. They eventually gathered at Place Monge not far from the Natural History Museum, were they staged a rally.
The rally, which took place under the slogan “We are home!” was organized by the French far-right youth movement Generation Identitaire formed in 2012 as the youth wing of the far-right Bloc Identitaire – a regionalist nativist French and European activist movement.
The action was aimed at calling on France and Europe to remain true to their traditions, values and identity as well as to resist what they called a “migrant invasion,” according to the protest organizers.
Generation Identitaire earlier provoked public controversy with its nationalist and anti-immigrant views. In March, more than a hundred protesters that took part in the Génération Identitaire rally in Calais blocked several routes for migrants, preventing them from gaining access to the city.
Before the rally, Génération Identitaire called Molenbeek a “breeding ground” for jihadists in a statement, in which it urged people to gather under the slogan “Expel the Islamists!”