June 12, 2018
Far-left extremists are believed to be responsible for the vandalisation of a memorial to France’s war dead, writing slogans including “anti-France” and “No Nation No Border”.
Far-left slogans were also written on the town hall, a nearby restaurant, and a recently renovated building in the village of Saint-Jean-du-Gard on Saturday, radio broadcaster France Bleu reports.
Samedi 9 juin, des individus ont tagué le monument aux morts de la place Carnot à Saint-Jean-du-Gard. pic.twitter.com/tH5LESbQ09
— Deva Dostoïevski ღ (@DevaDostoievski) June 11, 2018
According to Gendarme investigators, the attack on the war memorial may be linked to the proposed removal of far-left activists from the La Borie site which was occupied in the 1980s in opposition to a dam project along the nearby river. A court ruling on the eviction is expected this week.
Since 2014, the mayor of Saint-Jean-du-Gard has tried to negotiate with the occupiers on four separate occasions but claims to have made no progress as the group have no official leadership structure. The local government want the activists to leave in order to sell the land to farmers.
This article was posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 6:41 am