Dorothée Pacaud, new mayor of Saint-Brevin. SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP
The distribution of migrants provokes strong reactions in the localities where the State sends them.
“Do we have to get to the end of Saint-Brévin for the state to react?” A little over a month after the resignation of Yannick Morez, several mayors of small towns are wondering. Their colleague from Loire-Atlantique has indeed chosen to throw in the towel after an arson attack in front of his home, because of his support for the installation of a reception center for asylum seekers (cada). Hearing before the Senate, he had at the time deplored “lack of state support“.
Since then, elected officials and members of the government have rushed to his bedside. But, as the media blast subsides, some elected officials in the same situation are worried about the tensions caused by the distribution of migrants on the territory. “Saint-Brevin is not an isolated case. We’re not there yet, but we still fear the worst.”admits Serge Deuilhé, PS mayor of Saint-Lys (Haute-Garonne).
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