a stele in honor of Simone Veil degraded


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In Brittany, a monument in homage to Simone Veil was covered with swastikas and insults, soiled with excrement and then attacked a third time the same week.

It is in the town of Perros-Guirec in the Côtes-d’Armor that a stele dedicated to the former Minister of Health Simone Veil has been degraded three times. This Saturday, August 14, it is the prefect Thierry Mosimann who explains in a press release that the act would have been committed after 8 hours, before specifying that the means of the gendarmerie were fully mobilized to find the culprit (s).

Earlier in the week, on Monday August 9, 2021, the monument had already been soiled with mustard and feces according to information from Ouest-France. Wednesday August 11, 2021, he was found covered with swastikas and insults. You could see a Star of David there and read “bitch has blood on her hands.” The municipal teams therefore went about it three times to cover it and completely clean it according to the town hall of Perros-Guirec. The prefecture did not wish to specify the nature of the damage committed last.

Acts of an anti-Semitic nature according to Emmanuel Macron


Installed on the square of the town hall, renamed “Simone-Veil square”, the stone was inaugurated in November 2017. Quoted by the daily Ouest-France, the mayor, Erven Léon, regretted Wednesday August 11, 2021 an act “inadmissible “ and “incomprehensible”.

Emmanuel Macron spoke on Twitter following this third attack, specifying: “We will never tolerate the installation of anti-Semitism. For Simone Veil, whose stele has been desecrated, to all, I want to repeat it: France will not retreat.” Its Minister Marlène Schiappa, formerly in charge of the fight against sexual and gender-based violence and now at the Ministry of the Interior, also denounced the anti-Semitic nature of these degradations. She writes : “Simone Veil is a French and global figure in women’s rights, in Europe and in the fight against anti-Semitism. To degrade one’s stele is to degrade France! These abject acts must not go unpunished.”

A survivor of the extermination camps, Simone Veil had the law on abortion passed in 1974 when she was Minister of Health.

See also: Simone Veil at the Panthéon: return to her incredible destiny

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