Wreaths of flowers placed in front of the monument were scattered and the stele damaged between April 25 and 27. “The municipal police are seized and a complaint will be filed”, declared the mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan.
While a commemoration took place on April 25 in front of the deportation memorial in the 2nd arrondissement of Marseille, the flowers that had been placed there were ransacked and the stele damaged between April 25 and 27, report several media local like France Bleu or Provence.
President LR of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region Renaud Muselier denounced on Twitter a “real desecration”, asking that the police investigation be “meticulous and the sanctions implacable”.
Unthinkable, unacceptable, unforgivable.
The sacking of the wreaths laid at a monument to the dead of #Marseille, a few days after the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of #deportation, is a real profanation. The investigation must be meticulous and the sanctions implacable. pic.twitter.com/ZumEGu8aQu
– Renaud Muselier (@RenaudMuselier) April 30, 2021
“Shame on those who trample the memory of the victims!”, Argued on the same social network Senator LR of the department Valérie Boyer.
A few days after the national ceremony to remember the victims and heroes of the deportation, the Deportation Monument was ransacked in #Marseille.
We must unanimously condemn these acts.
Shame on those who trample on the memory of the victims! pic.twitter.com/IofMfGyPIJ
– Valérie Boyer (@ valerieboyer13) April 30, 2021
Wreaths of flowers were laid by a representative of the prefect of Bouches-du-Rhône “in memory of the victims and heroes of the deportation”.
“The municipal police are seized and a complaint will be filed. Anti-Semitism and racism must be fought relentlessly ”, reacted the PS mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan to Provence. The city councilor specified on social networks that “the deportation memorial was[vait] flowered again ”on May 1st.