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    French Activist Left Brain Dead After Fight Breaks Out In Paris

    An 18-year-old student and activist is on life support after a fight broke out with a group of skinheads in Paris yesterday. Four suspects have since been arrested.

    Clément Méric, an 18-year-old progressive activist, was reportedly assaulted by a group of three skinheads in Paris on Wednesday night, leaving him brain dead:

    The interior minister, Manuel Valls, said a fight broke out on Wednesday evening between two groups of young people near the St. Lazare train station.

    Blood can be seen on the pavement at the scene of the fight:

    One anonymous witness told AFP she was leaving work when she saw the fight:

    Lots of people were running in every direction and as the young people with shaved heads looked like they were leaving, they came back and suddenly a punch was thrown and the young man fell against the bollard. Afterwards, I looked after the victim who had blood flowing from his ear and nose.

    Left-wing activists claim the skinheads were part of the extreme right Revolutionary Nationalist Youth (JNR) group.

    On Twitter, the incident exploded in france with the name of the victim, JNR, #Nopasaran, and #antifa seen as popular tags:

    Clément Méric, tué le 05/06/13, #NoPasaran, vu à #Lyon ce matin #antifa

    ACLibertaire

    @ACLibertaire

    Clément Méric, tué le 05/06/13, #NoPasaran, vu à #Lyon ce matin #antifa

    UMP leader Jean-François Copé called the attack "barbaric."

    Je condamne avec la plus grande force l’agression barbare dont a été victime un jeune homme de 18 ans en plein Paris http://t.co/eeJ2ovguWM

    Jean-François Copé

    @jf_cope

    Je condamne avec la plus grande force l’agression barbare dont a été victime un jeune homme de 18 ans en plein Paris http://t.co/eeJ2ovguWM

    UMP candidate for Paris mayor, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, tweeted that "such violence is a cancer on democracy."

    je vous invite à un rassemblement républicain pour condamner la violence politique à 18h15 devant le 64 boulevard Haussmann.

    N. Kosciusko-Morizet

    @nk_m

    je vous invite à un rassemblement républicain pour condamner la violence politique à 18h15 devant le 64 boulevard Haussmann.

    According to The Local, french pro-marriage equality activist Pierre Bergé has implicated the anti-marriage equality movement "Manif Pour Tous" in the attack on Méric.

    Euronews covered the story:

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