France Demands Apology from Bulgarian Ultranationalist Leader

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Bulgaria: France Demands Apology from Bulgarian Ultranationalist Leader Bulgarian ultranationalist leader Volen Siderov. Photo by BGNES

France’s embassy in Bulgaria has published an official statement condemning the behavior of controversial Bulgarian ultranationalist leader Volen Siderov.

Siderov, an MP and leader of the extremist Ataka party, triggered a scandal late on Monday by verbally assaulting a French cultural attaché during a Sofia-Varna flight and later attacking a man in a Varna airport shuttle bus. The shuttle bus incident resulted in a scuffle in which two men, including a police officer, were allegedly injured by Siderov and his entourage.

The ultranationalist, who is now investigated for hooliganism and causing slight bodily harm, refused to give up his MP immunity on Tuesday.

“A French diplomatic employee has become the victim of insults and threats on behalf of a Bulgarian citizen, in an obviously intoxicated state, during a Bulgaria Air flight from Sofia to Varna on the evening of January 6,” the French embassy’s statement says.

“This Bulgarian citizen reprimanded [the diplomatic employee] because of the latter’s nationality and, citing his lawmaker rights, demanded the diplomatic employee’s documents for a check, obviously not distinguishing between legislative and executive functions,” the statement added.

The French embassy and the French Interior Ministry are now collecting information on the incident.

Siderov has been involved in a number of scandals over the last few years. In 2010, he was detained in Germany after he hurled racist insults at the attendants of a Lufthansa flight.

In September, he and a group of Ataka MPs stirred a row in a renowned Brussels restaurant.

Even though it is not officially in power, Siderov’s anti-Western party remains a key ally of the country’s fragile Socialist-led coalition government. -

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#5
TalkingTosh - 8 Jan 2014 // 14:51:52

why don't you offer to have his babies as well?

#4
Agent Piccadilly - 8 Jan 2014 // 11:26:10

Bravo Optimistic! You are 100% right again. Siderov is a true nationalist with Bulgarias future at the heart of his policies. He shows that we will not be pushed around by anyone which is why he is loved and respected by every Bulgarian, except those drunks and drug addicts that GERB pay to protest.

#3
Optimistic - 8 Jan 2014 // 09:58:46

His party got the land moratorium legislation through that proves he is a true nationalist.

The French Ambassador supports the anti government protests - they should not do this so Fuck off back to France if you French people feel upset.

#2
Tania Oz - 8 Jan 2014 // 08:37:28

Apology? Good luck with that! Bolen Volen can do no wrong, so he doesn't feel that he needs to apologise to anyone. You see, this is just another huge conspiracy against him and he feels violated once again. The poor thing.

#1
Yane - 8 Jan 2014 // 02:54:36

controversial Bulgarian ultranationalist leader Volen Siderov

a key ally of the country’s fragile Socialist-led coalition government

ultranationalist - key ally - Socialist

Stop the nonsense, he is a fraud and not a nationalist at all.