The incident is notable in this particularly tense context. The town hall of Longeville-sur-Mer (Vendée) was targeted by rifle fire on Friday, according to a press release published by the mayor of the town, Annick Pasquereau. The building was hit at a time when it was closed to the public.
The buckshot shots hit the facade and shattered part of the building’s windows, “behind which were the tricolor and European flags”, said the elected official, who shared her indignation on Facebook.
This incident occurs after the adoption by the Assembly, on the night of Wednesday to Thursday, of the obligation to present the European flag in front of the town halls of more than 1,500 inhabitants. A measure criticized in particular by the RN. The text must now be validated by the Senate.
A tense context
The mayor of Longeville-sur-Mer was worried about a context “where respect for the values of the Republic, elected officials and institutions, is weakened”. Annick Pasquereau refers in particular to the resignation, in the middle of the week, of Yannick Morez, the mayor (DVD) of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, after the fire in his home last March.
In his letter to the prefect, the elected official had notably pointed to the “lack of state support”. In addition to the burning of two vehicles and part of his home, the Vendée mayor had suffered intimidation and threats in recent months, because of a project for a reception center for asylum seekers, which is causing strong opposition from some of the inhabitants.
In Brittany, the mayor of Plougrescant, a small coastal town of around 1,200 inhabitants located not far from Lannion, for her part filed a complaint after finding that the brakes of her vehicle had been severed. An investigation has been opened, announced the public prosecutor of Saint-Brieuc, Nicolas Heitz, this Friday.
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