Saturday, the City of Rennes ordered the evacuation by the police of the old school of Faux-Pont. The disused building had just been occupied by demonstrators anxious to shelter families of exiles without an accommodation solution, who have been camping for more than four months in the Gayeulles park.
This decision creates political tensions. City and state are passing the buck. Exasperated, the collectives of support for undocumented migrants and several left-wing organizations are calling for a new protest rally at 6 p.m. on Monday.
Saturday, the evacuation decision has been made after the permanent representative, Jean-François Monnier (UDB – EELV) assured those present in the school that police intervention was excluded. He was denied an hour later. The office of the socialist mayor, Nathalie Appéré, having requested the evacuation of the site.
The building invested “is not suitable for accommodation and has been assigned to associations”, justified the City, “whose criminal responsibility is engaged in the event of occupation without right or title” of a building.
In a statement, the prefecture noted in particular that this evacuation had gone smoothly and recalled that it had been carried out at the express request of the municipality.
“The justifications of the town hall leave us speechless: it uses humanitarian values to refuse a solution, certainly precarious but human, judges the inter-organization collective of support for people in exile on Monday. The prefecture, seeming to discover the problem, ordered 115 to find a solution for the most vulnerable families. Several families who have called 115 every day for months, have therefore received a proposal in the morning of Sunday. But the next day, others will return to it, their time in sheltering ending. “
About a hundred exiles are concerned, mostly families, including several dozen children, installed in a makeshift camp subject to bad weather.
The municipal majority prefers to invest in the gentrification of the city center rather than in the accommodation of the homeless
For its part, the NPA denounces “the cynicism of the town hall (PS-EELV-PC) which persists in its policy and shows, once again, its true face by putting families and children back on the streets. The municipal majority prefers to invest in the gentrification of the city center rather than in the accommodation of the homeless. “
Several elected environmentalists have also made their anger known on social networks. This is particularly the case of Jeanne Larue. “Accountant explanations to justify a situation that is humanly unacceptable?” This is Justice and Courage ”, tackled the new vice-president of the Department in charge of education, elected in the canton of Rennes 3, in a tweet.
Accountant explanations to justify a humanly unacceptable situation? This is Justice and Courage ???? Ah OK. https://t.co/RJlQwPegyN
– Jeanne Larue (@RRennaise) October 17, 2021
This one was quickly sent back to the ropes by Honoré Puil, the vice-president of the Metropolis in charge of housing : “The vice-president of Education of the department of Ille-et-Vilaine must surely have a building available in a college? A bit of courage. “
Seeing the tension rise, representatives of the municipal majority quickly intervened to contain the smoldering fire. Their message: refocus the debates on the shortcomings and responsibility of the State.
Valérie Faucheux and Matthieu Theurier, the environmental leaders of the municipal majority, understand “the exasperation of associations in the face of the current situation”. “In this context, we regret the decision to evacuate the old school, they write, after having considered that the” situation on the Gayeulles [était] the direct consequence of state inaction. “
“Elected environmentalists expect the State, which is responsible, for the rapid implementation of accommodation measures for these families and children who cannot live with dignity in tents. “
“Sending back to back the City of Rennes and the State is an unacceptable error, it was alsonsurged David Travers, deputy delegate for solidarityé, recalling that “the emergency accommodation policy for homeless families is an exclusive state competence”. After insisting on the efforts made by the City, the elected official criticizes the “ni-ni” policy carried out by the State, which saturates the aid systems. “The state does not regularize the people who should be regularized, nor does it drive back to the borders [celles à qui] it issues obligations to leave the territory. “