Henri d’Anselme, 24, is the man who intervened against the assailant from Annecy during the attack on June 8. Catholic adventurer, he was making a tour of France of cathedrals.
“I was afraid for my life, but above all I was afraid for that of others.” Asked this June 9 on CNews, Henri Anselme, the young man present in Annecy during the knife attack which injured six people, including four children, explained these decisive moments.
On the videos broadcast on social networks, we can see Henri carrying a large hiking backpack and a smaller one in his hands. He opposes the Syrian asylum seeker to prevent him from attacking new people, dodges a blow and then chases him, thus preventing him from returning to the park.
Another video shows Henri putting his big bag on the ground and running after the attacker.
Still in shock, the “hero” of the day gave himself up by saying, still on CNews: “I am thinking of the victims, I hope they are well and that they will come out of it.” Before adding: “I have atrocious images in my head.”
Self-control in the face of cowardice
One of the videos posted on social media shows an adult running away from the attack on the children. Finally, a former football player with poor visibility, Anthony Le Tallec, who was passing through during his “jogging”, explains what he saw without intervening, criticizing the intervention of the police forces. A comment that aroused anger on social networks. At the start of the evening, the footballer wanted to correct his remarks.
A traditional Catholic on a pilgrimage
The profile of the young “hero” quickly questioned. This adventurer was in the middle of a “tour of France of cathedrals”. A personal initiative which aimed to discover and make people discover on social networks the diversity of cathedrals in France. A personal initiative that took him from Barroux to Annecy, passing through several towns in the south of France. A graduate in philosophy, he explained on May 26 in The Liberated Dauphine : “I have always had a taste for walking, and associating it with cathedrals is, in a way, making a great pilgrimage.”
The student had worked as a work-study student at the traditional Catholic newspaper The New Man for 18 months. He had also intervened on the radio of “all the rights” Radio Courtoisie to read extracts from the book of the writer, also on the right, Jean Raspail, The king beyond the sea.
When Henri, the hero of Annecy, presented his tour of France of the cathedrals, which led him to repel the aggressor. To follow his project, it’s on Instagram: le_chant_des_cathedrales pic.twitter.com/eZ7hLFdJoc
— neo (@neotvofficiel) June 9, 2023
While the political and media treatment of the Annecy drama was the occasion for numerous invectives between French political figures, the personality of Henri d’Anselme also intervened in the midst of national discord.
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