In Saint-Brevin, after the resignation of the mayor, some regrets and a lot of weariness: “His life had become hellish”


The burnt house of resigning mayor Yannick Morez, in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique), May 11, 2023.

The mayor of Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique) will never have had so many supporters as once he left. Yannick Morez (various right) formalized, on May 10, his resignation and his departure from the seaside town of thirteen thousand inhabitants – the culmination of several months of threats and violence suffered in reaction to the project to open a center reception center for asylum seekers (CADA).

His decision earned him the support of the highest state authorities, which he had been asking for months, from Emmanuel Macron to Elisabeth Borne. The Prime Minister has promised to receive the chosen one. “He learned it by watching the 1 p.m. news”, laments his chief of staff. Appointment is given at Matignon on Wednesday 17 May. The prefect of Loire-Atlantique, Fabrice Rigoulet-Roze, postpones the instruction of his resignation until then. The entourage of the aedile cut short: “It’s over, he won’t change his mind. »

“His life had become hellish. No matter the disagreements, he had no right to be threatened at this point. I came to be surprised to meet him at the market or on my terrace without police protection.says Alain Debaere, owner of the bar Le 7 Beaufort, however “not a great friend with the mayor”. Like him, most of the Brévinois crossed believe that he had “no more choice really” to put away his tricolor scarf. “Opposition to CADA turned into personal hatred, breathes Noémie Pastureau, manager of a grooming salon. The job of mayor is nowhere simple, okay, but there, we burned down his place, all the same. »

Noémie Pastureau and Chris Adrien, in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins (Loire-Atlantique), May 11, 2023.

“The state has abandoned the mayor”

behind the “long reflection carried out with (her) family “ and the “lack of state support”, mentioned by Yannick Morez in a short text published on May 10, the citizens point to March 22. That morning, the elected official and his wife were taken out of bed by the alert of morning workers: the flames licked his house after ravaging his two cars. A judicial investigation was opened on the count of “destruction of property by a means dangerous for people, committed because of the status of person depositary of the public authority of its owner or user”. No arrests have yet taken place.

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The general practitioner by profession had since called for tight personal protection and a ban on ever more violent demonstrations against the CADA. The prefecture defended itself again on Friday May 12: “Systematic patrols have been set up, in particular at night, and with at least four passages a day in front of the mayor’s residence. » Insufficient for the sexagenarian, passed in the sights of the far right, who fought on social networks and in demonstrations, in support of the first residents.

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