The municipal council of Grenoble, led by the environmental mayor Éric Piolle, validated Monday by a small majority a modification of the internal regulations of the swimming pools resulting in the authorization of the port of the burkini. “Mr. Piolle, support of Mr. Mélenchon, plays the unacceptable community provocation, contrary to our values”, tweeted Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior of the resigning government.
Mr. Piolle, support of Mr. Melenchon, plays the unacceptable community provocation, contrary to our values. I instructed the prefect to refer the deliberation allowing the wearing of the “Burkini” to “secularism” and, if necessary, to request its withdrawal.
— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) May 17, 2022
“I have instructed the prefect to refer the deliberation allowing the wearing of the burkini to secularism and, if necessary, to request its withdrawal,” he added. The prefectoral referral falls within the framework of the control of the legality of the acts of the territorial collectivities.
“Darmanin, the minister who has the separatism law as his record, who finds Marine Le Pen too soft, rebels against the halal and kosher shelves of stores, allows himself to give lessons? Reread the 1905 law, rather than twisting it, ”reacted Éric Piolle on Twitter.
Darmanin, the minister who has the separatism law as his record, who finds Marine Le Pen too soft, rebels against the halal and kosher shelves of stores, allows himself to give lessons?
Re-read the 1905 law, rather than twist it. https://t.co/6wILXlA30k
— Eric Piolle (@EricPiolle) May 17, 2022
The prefect of Isère had already indicated on Sunday evening, before the deliberation of the municipal council, that he would seize the administrative court of Grenoble to block the measure, on the instruction of Gérald Darmanin. To do this, he should appeal to a provision introduced by the law on separatism passed in August 2021, which concerns acts “seriously undermining the principle of secularism and neutrality of public service”.
Éric Piolle, who invoked a “feminist”, “health” and “secularism” fight, declared himself Monday “delighted that the government is attacking us”, noting that he had “not attacked Rennes” when this city had made a similar arrangement four years ago.
The wearing of the burkini was claimed by the controversial Alliance Citoyenne association, which since 2019 has organized several punch operations in Grenoble swimming pools to get its message across.
The president (LR) of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Laurent Wauquiez, accused Éric Piolle of “definitively recording his break with secularism and the values of our Republic” and announced that he would cut the Region’s subsidies to the municipality.
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