Targeted by homophobic tags, the mayor of a Jura village recordsdata a grievance | EUROtoday

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“Gabriel in garter belt”, “pedophilic”, “mayor on the run”, “traveler”… Around ten homophobic tags, some written with errors, had been found by Gabriel Echemond, mayor of Eclans-Nenon, in Jura, Monday December 25, on the partitions of the city corridor, the cemetery, on a bus shelter and even straight on the bitumen. He filed a grievance, he advised Agence France-Presse on Friday December 29.

“The culprits, we will find them”assured the elected official, satisfied that there’s ” several “ authors. ” I do not think so “ whether or not they’re from the village. “All the people in the town that I have seen are outraged (…). They were afraid that I would resign but I will not resign, that would (…) prove the authors right »he insisted.

“It doesn’t hurt me”

The tags had been undoubtedly made on Christmas Eve evening, in accordance with Mr. Bremond. “It was Santa Claus”he quipped. “We have to turn all this into humor and derision”even when “it’s done by imbeciles”added the councilor elected in 2022. An act which is a part of a rise in assaults focusing on native elected officers. “It doesn’t hurt me”declared Mr. Bremond once more, saying nevertheless “embarrassed for the village”.

The elected official says he acquired dozens of messages of assist “from all over France”Venus “chosen ones” as “private”. The Minister liable for native authorities and rurality, Dominique Faure, additionally despatched him a message of assist, assured Mr. Bremond. According to the Ministry of the Interior, verbal or bodily assaults in opposition to native elected officers elevated by 32% between 2021 and 2022, and can have elevated by 15% on the finish of 2023 in comparison with 2022.

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The World with AFP