The first deputy of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, Dorothée Pacaud, was elected mayor of this town in Loire-Atlantique on Friday evening June 9, following the resounding resignation of Yannick Morez, targeted by threats and violence from the far right due to the relocation of a reception center for asylum seekers (CADA). This 45-year-old teacher, without a label, becomes the first woman to head this seaside resort of 14,800 inhabitants.
The city council meeting, early Friday evening, was held in a somewhat tense atmosphere. A dozen young ultra-right activists appeared in front of the windows of the municipal council brandishing smoke bombs and shouting: “Yesterday Annecy, tomorrow Saint-Brevin”, before being pushed back by the gendarmes. These activists were not from the town, according to the police.
In front of the entrance to the municipal council, a few residents opposed to the CADA distributed a leaflet signed by Bernard Germain, spokesperson for the Coordination Partout Callac, also referring to the tragedy in Annecy. Arrested by two anti-CADA residents at the end of the municipal council, the mayor denounced a “scandalous mix” with the drama of Annecy.
“I expected this introduction and I was prepared for it”Dorothée Pacaud, 45, told the press, wearing her tricolor scarf. “However, I approach the next three years with great serenity.she added. I think my predecessor’s word has carried high and I’m hopeful to get more support.”.
“Everything will calm down”
The former mayor (various right) Yannick Morez, target of threats, had explained his choice to leave office after the lack “blatant” support from the State since the formalization, at the end of 2021, of the transfer of this reception center near a school in its municipality. The attacks against him culminated on March 22 in the early morning with the burning of two vehicles belonging to him in front of his home, the facade of which was also affected by the flames while he was sleeping there with his family.
During his hearing in the Senate on May 17, Mr. Morez pointed out that his istants had also been victims of a smear campaign by the far right on the Internet.
Since the acceptance of the resignation of the mayor by the prefect, Dorothée Pacaud exercised the function of acting mayor. Mother of three children, never inserted in a party, this history and geography teacher in college was elected for the first time in Saint-Brevin in 2014. First in charge of the environment, she became first istant in 2017. Until now, she was in charge of culture, heritage and twinning.
Dorothée Pacaud specified that the work of the CADA would continue and that it would open as planned at the end of the year. “I am convinced that once it is open, everything will calm down”commented Yannick Morez. “Since 2016 and the arrival of the first migrants, we have never had any problems in Saint-Brevin”he added.
The World with AFP