The city council delegate of a municipality in La Manche saw his three vehicles set on fire on the night of December 6 to 7, and his home damaged by graffiti. These tags reproached him for his support for Emmanuel Macron for the presidential election.
Bernard Denis, mayor of Saint-Côme-du-Mont, delegated municipality of Carentan-les-Marais in Manche, was threatened with death and his vehicles were set on fire on the night of December 6 to 7, because of his support to Emmanuel Macron. Graffiti “Death”, “The mayor supports Macron” and “Zemour president” (spelling errors included) were painted on the perimeter wall of his house, as reported by local media.
“It happened around 2 am. Three vehicles which were in an unclosed garage on his property were set on fire “and on the wall of the property there were” insulting tags “, told West France Jean-Pierre Lhonneur, the various right-wing mayor of Carentan-les-Marais.
Coutances public prosecutor Cyril Lacombe confirmed to AFP the existence of the graffiti. One of the three vehicles “could be partly saved [et] the other two are unusable, ”Jean-Pierre Lhonneur told the agency. The roof of the house was affected by the fire, as well as the neighbor’s hedge.
No one was injured, according to firefighters who intervened at 2.20 am. The deputy mayor Bernard Denis and his wife, who were sleeping in their room, were awakened by the explosion of the tires of the burned vehicles. A flagrant investigation was opened. The precise qualifications were being defined on the morning of December 7. Bernard Denis, 65, “will file a complaint,” added the mayor of Carentan-les-Marais.
Several local elected officials PS, LREM or LR react
According to the latter, the city councilor of Saint-Côme-du-Mont is a member of the MoDem, “supports the president” of the Republic and is as such part of a support committee for the candidacy of Emmanuel Macron alongside the LREM deputy Stéphane Travert, recently reported an article by La Manche Press.
The former Minister of Agriculture also gave him his support on December 7, writing on Twitter that “such acts are unacceptable and unworthy in a democracy”. The prefect of Manche Frédéric Périssat also gave “all his support” to the deputy mayor of Saint-Côme-du-Mont, “victim of an arson and graffiti on his hateful home denouncing his political commitment”, according to a press release.
Several elected officials including the PS Senator Jean-Michel Houllegatte, the DVD president of the department Jean Morin and the deputy LR Philippe Gosselin also denounced these actions on Twitter or by press release.