Assassins Fateuils Rolents (“Wheelchair Assassins” in English). The most violent and feared anti-O.N.A.N. terrorist organization, comprised of Quebecois miners’ sons who lost their legs through playing a game called La Culte du Prochain Train (“The Cult of the Next Train”). Led by M. Fortier, prominent members include Guillaume DuPlessis and Rémy Marathe. The A.F.R. hope to obtain the master copy of the Entertainment and mass-distribute the film in the U.S. in order to destroy O.N.A.N. and allow Québec to secede.
A.F.R. Term Timeline in Infinite Jest
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...Quebecois French. (An endnote explains that Fortier is the leader of the USA cell of A.F.R., which a further note explains stands for Les Assassins des Fauteils Rollents (Wheelchair Assassins), which... (full context)
Steeply wears women’s clothing and prosthetic breasts. Marathe was originally supposed to pretend to betray A.F.R. to Steeply in order to secure medical care for his sick wife, but in actual... (full context)
...Office of Unspecified Services knows Marathe is acting as a “quadruple” agent, and asks if A.F.R. knows this too. Marathe mentions DuPlessis, who recently died during a burglary, “under circumstances of... (full context)
...American government knows the country’s entire population could be wiped out by the cartridge, which A.F.R. will not force on anyone but will simply “make… available.” He explains that someone already... (full context)
...Steeply asks if Marathe has ever considered watching The Entertainment. First Marathe confirms that the A.F.R. have a “read-only” copy of the cartridge, and then he adds that he’s never been... (full context)
...picture of reason and self-discipline, but now resembles a “drug-addicted newborn.” Marathe admits that the A.F.R. have lost people, too. Steeply asks again if Marathe ever fantasizes about what the Entertainment... (full context)
...very little is usually “accomplished” during these meetings between the men, both the O.U.S. and A.F.R. get excited about them. The two men then discuss the myth of the Odalisque, alluding... (full context)
...they go. Adrenaline builds until he runs up and snatches their purses with ease. The A.F.R., meanwhile, are considering two methods of locating James’s master copy of the Entertainment. They could... (full context)
...to get her fingers around Tony’s wig while Tony dashes into an alley. Meanwhile, the A.F.R.’s leader Fortier has overseen a thorough search of the Antitois’ shop that has taken place... (full context)
...his limbs. (An endnote here describes E.T.A. student James Struck Jr. conducting research on the A.F.R. for his History of Canadian Unpleasantness course. He reads about the A.F.R.’s various activities, which... (full context)
...of the only houses in the region that is accessible to people with disabilities. Through A.F.R.-overseen research, Marathe has concluded that American drug and alcohol recovery is a “paramilitary” affair. He... (full context)