Nine people were identified and arrested on Monday, May 17, in connection with the case concerning the virulent tweets which April Benayoum made the subject of on December 19, during the Miss France 2021 party, RTL reports. Shortly after the broadcast of her short presentation, the young woman, who represented Provence, had indeed been the subject of anti-Semitic messages on social networks. At issue: his Israeli origins. Among the tweets were comments like this: “Uncle Hitler, you forgot to exterminate Miss Provence”.

The investigation, which found the authors of these messages, was immediately opened by the “online hate” pole of the Paris prosecutor’s office, national radio said. In detail, it had been entrusted to the Brigade for the repression of personal delinquency (BRPD), which depends on the Paris PJ. And this Monday, May 17, nine arrests took place, according to information held by our colleagues, which was obtained from a judicial source. Among these arrests, two took place in Paris and seven in the region. Among the suspects are four men and four women, aged 20 to 58, as well as one person who was a minor at the time of the events. All were first taken into custody, before their computers and phones were seized, for examination, RTL said.

The eight adults will have to answer for their acts in court on September 22. They will be tried on charges of public insults committed by origin, ethnicity, race or religion. They face a one-year prison sentence and a fine of 45,000 euros. As for the minor, he will be the subject of a procedure which has been entrusted to the prosecutor’s office in Poitiers.