Politicians and activists have expressed indignation over the rising donation for the French policeman who killed a youngster during a traffic check and set off widespread protests.
The GoFundMe appeal was started by Jean Messiha, a former advisor to French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, and as of Monday morning, it had received 963,000 euros ($1.05 million).
Nahel M, a 17-year-old of North African heritage, was driving the car on June 27 when the accused officer was seen on camera firing into the vehicle.
The adolescent was shot and murdered, and the event has sparked days of outrage across France.
When asked lately about the crowdfunding campaign, Nahel’s grandmother Nadia responded, “My heart aches.”
The boy’s passing has reignited discussions about France’s terrible past with its racial minorities as well as claims of police abuse.
Who is Jean Messiha
Jean Messiha is a French-Egyptian political figure and a member of the National Rally (formerly known as the National Front) in France. He was born on November 14, 1965, in Cairo, Egypt. Messiha gained prominence as a spokesperson for Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Rally, and has been involved in various political activities.
Messiha is known for his conservative and nationalist views. He has been vocal about issues related to immigration, Islamism, and the preservation of French identity. He has expressed concerns about what he perceives as the Islamization of France and has advocated for stricter immigration policies.
Throughout his career, Messiha has made appearances on television and participated in political debates. He has been a candidate for political office, running for positions such as regional councilor and member of the European Parliament.