This article offers a portrait of Quentin Pallavicini, known up to this point by his pseudonym “Jean Brunaldo,” a patented fascist imported from France, who over the years has become an important figure in Atalante Québec, particularly in its efforts to establish the group in the Montréal area.
Atalante in Montréal
When Atalante Québec was founded in the summer of 2016, the organization was based in the street gang the Québec Stomper Crew and its entourage, the fan base of the band Légitime Violence, and the bonehead milieu still active in the areas around the capital city, which provided the organization with a few dozen sympathizers from the outset.
In Montréal, the situation was altogether different. In 2016, there were no longer any organized groups, or even an informal scene, in the city that Atalante could turn to for support. The most recent attempts at building something in the bonehead/neonazi milieu at the end of the 2000s and the first half of the 2010s, e.g., Strike Force, Légion Nationale, and the Troisième Voie, ended in defeat under the pressure brought to bear by antifascists, and more than few of these neo-Nazis left the city, while others slithered back under their rock. As for the forces behind the group La Bannière Noire, in many ways an immediate precursor to Atalante, they were never able to find the necessary space for their project to take root and disappeared into oblivion in 2014–2015.
In 2017, Atalante grew closer to the Soldiers of Odin in Montréal, an organization recently formed around the bonehead Philipe Gendron. On November 25, 2017, the SOO went to Québec City to join Atalante and other neo-Nazis protesting on the city’s ramparts. Then on January 20, 2018, a handful of SOO and its sympathizers, including the ill-famed Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald, participated in a postering action in Montréal on Atalante’s behalf. The idiots were easily identified as a result of their own stupidity and ineptitude.
On April 2, 2018, the rapprochement between Atalante and the SOO seemed to be stronger than ever, with quite a few of the SOO joining a commemoration in Québec City. Then, in July 2018, the SOO were routed by a in the Montréal region, after which Atalante Québec no longer had an allied group already active in Greater Montréal region that it could rely on. At that point, the organization probably understood that it would likely have to rely on its own relatively limited means.
In 2018, a small group, including, among others, Beauvais-MacDonald and Vincent Cyr, was formed. A handful of the old-school boneheads that hadn’t left Montréal could be found hovering around the periphery (e.g., Francis Hamelin, Gabriel Drouin, and Dominic Cossette), and a few ex-pat French fascists joined the group, for instance, a certain Charles Leclerc (since returned to France) and the couple Quentin Pallavicini (alias “Jean Brunaldo”) and Lucie Mergnac (alias “Chloé Fleuri”). Fairly quickly this little gang began participating in Atalante Québec activities (training exercises, outings in the woods, social events, etc.) and attempted to establish a street presence in Montréal.
- On April 28, 2018, for the first time, a few of them handed out bagged lunches in downtown Montréal, taking up a form of selective charity used by neo-Nazis first and foremost to clean up their image.
- A month later, on May 23, 2018, a half a dozen militants from Montréal and Québec City, including Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald and Quentin Pallavicini, invaded the Vice office.
- On July 28, 2018, a sizeable group of Atalante militants from Québec City made a weekend trip to Montréal in one of their largest shows of force. About thirty of them distributed sandwiches in the afternoon in the Quartier Latin, and a few of them showed up in a tavern in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve that evening.
- On February 9, 2019, a small group of them distributed sandwiches in downtown Montréal.
- On July 15, 2019, Atalante was in Montréal again.
- On September 30, 2019, the group carried out another food distribution action in Montréal, in the Quartier Latin and the Village. They gathered outside the Berri Metro station in a largely unsuccessful effort to intimidate the clients at the L’Escalier bar.
- There were also a few poster and banner actions in 2019 and 2020, primarily in the east of Montréal, as well as at the onramp for autoroute 15 at boulevard Crémazie. The final postering action took place on September 13, 2020, the only known action carried out by Atalante in the Greater Montréal area during the pandemic.
As we can see on the Atalante Facebook page and on its members’ social media accounts, while the Québec City group makes numerous outings, the Montréal team is much less active, and even communication among members is much rarer.
In September 2019, the Montréal crew suffered another difficult blow: Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald and Vincent Cyr were targeted in a number of ways, including in an article titled “Chasing Atalante: Where Do the Fascists Work?,” which exposed where they worked.
At a certain point, Shawn Beauvais-MacDonald seemed to take his distance from the group, quite likely to reduce the possibility of his reputation as a lowlife creating any blowback for Raphaël Lévesque, whose trial for the Vice office invasion was set for December 2019. It was around this time that antifascists distributed leaflets exposing him in his neighbourhood and at the trade school he (briefly) attended. Vincent Cyr also began appearing less frequently in Atalante group photos. Posters were regularly hung around Fruiterie Milano, in the Jean-Talon neighbourhood where he worked (and still works) as a butcher, and leaflets were where he lives.
Quentin Pallavicini, on the other hand, just kept getting closer to the Québec City hard core, whose social activity is thoroughly documented by Roxanne Baron on Instagram!
Who is Quentin Pallavicini?
Quentin Pallavicini (born November 16, 1994) and Lucie Mergnac arrived in Québec in January 2017. They lived in Montréal for a couple of months, before settling down in Laval.
He comes from the Paris area, is a plumber by training, and spent his adolescence as part of a gang of young boneheads who gravitated to KOP of Boulogne (supporters of Paris St-Germain soccer team who are known for their racism, homophobia, and extreme violence), the Jeunesses nationalistes révolutionnaires (JNR), and Troisième Voie, a groupuscule within the “nationaliste révolutionnaire” movement organized around the emblematic Serge Ayoub. Troisième Voie dissolved in 2013 following the murder of left-wing activist Clément Méric by JNR boneheads.
A close friend of Samuel Dufour, one of Clément Méric’s killers, Quentin Pallavicini exiled himself to Québec, possibly to escape an increasingly intense environment. Since arriving in Québec, he has made contact with Atalante and set about living his true Canadian Dream.
A car lover, Pallavicini has bought and sold a number of SUVs and, for a time, became a sort of designated driver for Atalante. A self-tyled neo-Nazi and provocateur, he’s living his version of the good life at the heart of Québec’s neo-Nazi microcosm.
From Jean+Chloé to Quentin+Lucie
Since arriving in Québec, Quentin and Lucie have hidden their identities behind pseudonyms. Although Lucie’s identity was rapidly uncovered, Quentin maintained his anonymity for a longer time.
It was thanks to Lucie that we got our first clue about her boyfriend’s first name from a customer service platform of a telephone service company, when the couple were attempting to get their operator identity statements (OIS), so they could continue to use their French telephone numbers when they arrived in Québec. A certain “Quentin P.” used the same message as “Lucie Mergnac” word for word and provided a partially obscured e-mail address. An indiscretion on the part of a member of his family gave us his last name: Pallavicini. A little quick research and we had our fascist.
The same e-mail address was used in July 2020 to advertise a car for sale in Nouvelle-Calédonie (where it is possible that Quentin spent part of the first shutdown); the advertisement was reproduced on the site of a Facebook group in Nouvelle-Calédonie . . . using Jean Brunaldo’s account. That closed the circle.
The discovery of this e-mail address proved quite revealing: we turned up the portrait of quite distasteful and reactionary young French man—with zero points for originality. . .
Furthermore, activity on his Gmail account tells us that during the winter of 2019, Pallavicini visited the Cutty Sark bar and Roma Classic tattoo parlour in Rome, two businesses notorious for their connection to CasaPound, the Italian neo-fascist groupuscule with close ties to Atalante. The timing corresponds exactly with a trip that a number of Atalante members made Italy. .
His Instagram account (now closed) provided other clues that allowed us to easily find his home in Chomedey area of Laval.
If you know Quentin Pallavicini or Lucie Mergnac and you’d like to take part in the collective antifascist effort by sharing your information with us, write to us at alerta-mtl(a)riseup.net.
We have outlined the picture of an Atalante Québec militant who has been quite active in the Montréal area for a while now. Whatever Alexandre Cormier Denis might tell you, sadly, French immigrants are not all “filthy leftists.” Not even close, it ends up! There is, as it happens, in the inner circle of neo-fascists in Atalante’s orbit.
Finally, some questions arise: even if we have good reason to believe that Quentin Pallavicini is still living in Québec, we have been unable to specifically identify him around Atalante actions since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He might be taking advantage of the group’s inactivity in the Greater Montréal region in the recent years to distance himself. Is he still a self-described neo-Nazi and an inveterate racist? There can’t be the least doubt. As a militant fascist since his adolescence and having made the rounds of the worst “nationaliste-révolutionnaire” organizations in France and Québec, we cannot see him one day, all of a sudden, just abandoning his toxic ideology.