The mayor of a village in Meurthe-et-Moselle was molested by several people after intervening to put an end to the nocturnal noise, an attack that moved him and earned him marks of support. Edouard Babel, mayor of Magnières, a small town of around 300 inhabitants near Lunéville, was violently attacked on the night of Saturday to Sunday June 4 when he went to the village hall to ask for calm. to people gathered to celebrate a birthday. He explained that he first received a slap.
“When I came out, a dozen guests followed me. They put me on the ground and beat me. Fortunately, residents and friends intervened. I got the fright of my life “, confided Edouard Babel the newspaper The Republican East. The mayor has filed a complaint and does not intend to resign.
“This violence requires a criminal response”
An 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old minor were arrested and taken into custody, “the first of the chief of violence in meeting, insult and threats on person depositary of the public authority. The second for death threats and insults to the police made during his arrest.reported the public prosecutor of Nancy, François Capin-Dulhoste, to the newspaper.
The elected official received marks of support following this attack, which comes a few weeks after the resignation of the mayor of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique), who had decided to leave office after suffering threats and violence. On Saturday, a mayor of Tarn-et-Garonne announced that he was placed under police protection after threats following the broadcast of a video by an influencer denouncing his management of a neighborhood conflict.
“To attack a mayor is to attack the foundations of what unites us, the Republic. This is unfortunately what happened last night in Magnières”said in a press release the prefect of Meurthe-et-Moselle Arnaud Cochet. “This violence requires a criminal response” And a “strong reaction”he wrote. “Faced with this aggression, the State and the prefectural body reaffirmed their unfailing support for Edouard Babel. We are at his side and in connection with the gendarmerie to ensure the safety of his commune. »
Source: Le Monde