Investigation opened against Émilie Gomis, former ambassador of the Olympics, for “apology of terrorism” – Paris 2024

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According to the information from the newspaper L’Équipe, former basketball player Emilie Gomis was summoned by the police for a voluntary hearing following a post on social media. She had previously resigned from her position as a member of the Board of Directors and ambassador of the Terre de Jeux 2024 label at Paris 2024 ” *in a shared spirit of appeasement and responsibility*,” as stated by the Olympic Games organizing committee (Cojo) earlier this year. This was in response to a controversial post she had shared on social media. Two days after the attacks by Hamas in Israel on October 7th, the silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics briefly posted a message showing maps of France from 1947, 1967, and 2023, in which the French tricolor flag was gradually replaced by the Israeli flag, accompanied by the question: “*What would you do in this situation?

*” The message was quickly deleted. Since then, Emilie Gomis has apologized and explained that she denies any form of anti-Semitism or discrimination. She has not been pursued by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (Crif), nor by Licra, SOS Racisme, or the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA) as reported on Friday. Gomis’ lawyers, William Bourdon and Vincent Brengarth, consider this summoning as ” *purely astounding and totally fanciful,*” and they further denounce ” *a real harassment* ” against their client.

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