Three questions to the mayor of Toulouse and president of Toulouse Métropole Jean-Luc Moudenc who claims to have initiated eviction procedures against families with children who occupy two Toulouse schools so as not to spend the night outside.
What is the position of Toulouse town hall regarding the occupation of two schools by homeless families?
The town hall will not remain inactive. But not in the sense desired by these collectives which are very politicized, totally exploited by rebellious France. I asked that bailiff’s reports be made, in order to initiate eviction procedures because these occupations are totally illegal. They are not in anyone’s interest, because school premises are not at all designed for sleeping, it is not the right place for families. By definition, it is a situation of insecurity that is created. We don’t know who is coming in, who is leaving school, in what state we will find the school the next day. I also asked the rector of the academy to initiate disciplinary procedures against teachers responsible for the occupations.
The two schools are not located in the same district in Toulouse?
One, Didier Daurat, is located in a priority neighborhood where educational issues are truly fundamental for children from largely disadvantaged families. This is one more reason to be very firm.
But the public authorities seem to be passing the buck on the rehousing or not of the families concerned?
Basically, concerning the families in question – a mother with her child in Daurat and three families and numerous activists in Calas-Dupont – we do not know what their status is. It is the State which is competent to say who is legally in France, who is not, who has a residence permit, who does not. We don’t know all this, it’s the State which must answer these questions. Furthermore, by law, it is the State which provides emergency accommodation. If some of these people have a right to housing, this right must obviously be respected. I proposed to the prefect to provide a building, owned by the community, for the winter period, which could accommodate around a hundred people.
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