"Night of parachutists"
During the war in Algeria, a lot of “memes” appeared, as they would say now. One of them"Night parachutists".
And what is the "night parachutists" ("Nuit des paras")?
From Algeria they deduced those who had sworn that he would always be French. This is how 1 parachute regiment appeared in Moulin-le-Metz in May 1961, although it was just standing in the Penot camp near Philippville.
3 Company 1 parachute regiment in 1961.
On the night of July 23-24, 1961, a quarrel broke out at the Trianon nightclub in Metz. If this had not happened in Lorraine, whose inhabitants had more than close ties with the “cousins” in Algeria who had left for Africa in 1871, if there were not 2 and a half thousand paratroopers in the barracks nearby,if Metz didn’t have a large North African community ...
The club is located on the border of Metz and Montigny, near the Botanical Garden.
The interior of the buffet "Trianon"
In general, it was enough to spark a flame. It began with the fact that an Arab invited a girl to dance. All anything, but he was an agent of the FLN and carried a gun with him. Therefore, when the paratroopers began to find fault with the guy, he opened fire. Two of them fell dead: the bartender and skydiver Francis Soro. Soldiers in Algeria are not only accustomed to backstabs, but also to cruel answers to them.
Paratroopers 3 Company 1 paratroop regiment to the events in Metz
Small arms, of course, they did not have with them. But knives and daggers were. And then reinforcements from the barracks arrived ...
300 paratroopers walked through the streets of the city, looking for “all dark-skinned”. Since not only Arabs and Kabils fit this criterion, some Europeans suffered, in particular, a very dark Italian.
Doctors take out the victim
According to official figures, four people died that night: a bartender, two soldiers and a North African, 27 people were injured (including 17 North Africans). But the witnesses say that in fact the numbers are completely different.
Military Gendarmerie and National Police on the streets of Metz
The police restored order in the city only after 36 (!!!) hours. 11,000 people were arrested. If we consider that in 1 parachute regiment there were only 2,500, then there, it seems, half the city was detained.