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Hundreds of people gathered in Paris to observe a moment of silence for the murder of a 12-year-old girl, whose killer is suspected to be an illegal immigrant from Algeria.

Key figures on France’s far-right political spectrum, notably Eric Zemmour and Marion Marechal Le Pen, attended the rally, which took place in Denfert Rocher, south of Paris, and was organized by the Justice Institute association. supposedly close to Zemmura’s Reconquête! movement.

Banners reading “The State Killed Me” and “Elected Officials, You Will Be Accountable” were hung around the gathering, while many in the crowd carried placards of the young girl’s face and the words “Lola could have been our little sister.”

“We want the death penalty for child killers back,” one participant chanted into a megaphone, drawing applause.

The far-right accuses the government of inaction on migration issues

The circumstances of Lola’s death and the profile of the suspect, who is of Algerian nationality, drew strong criticism from France’s right and far-right, who accused the government of its poor management of illegal immigration.

The rally began with a moment of silence, then several people took the stage to talk about other “avoidable” crimes.

The far-right National Rally (RN), which was originally due to take part in the rally, decided to hold a moment of silence at the same time in front of the National Assembly “in respect of Lola and in support of her family and friends”.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French parliament, said: “The entire French people were terribly shocked by this barbaric murder” and “we are witnessing too many crimes that require us to take effective action.”

She also rejected accusations of using Lola’s murder for political purposes.

Rallies in Lyon, Mecca

Meanwhile, in Lyon, more than 300 people gathered around 7:00 p.m. in front of the city’s courthouse, where a large banner reading “Justice for Lola” was displayed.

After a moment of silence, the participants laid white flowers at the gate of the court.

In the northeastern city of Metz, nearly 100 people, including some from local far-right groups, gathered in the evening to lay flowers and candles at a portrait of Lola at the foot of St Etienne Cathedral after a moment of silence.