Stéphane Piquet, the mayor of La Bouëxière (Ille-et-Vilaine), is in shock. Sunday morning, when he had just left the election room to go to land occupied by a circus, the city councilor “received a spat, was slapped and hit on the back and his first assistant was threatened” by the managers of the circus, told AFP Sterenn Leclere, sports assistant at the town hall, confirming information from West France.
The mayor was prescribed 7 days of temporary incapacity for work (ITT) and his assistant 2 days of ITT, according to the same source. The two elected officials lodged a complaint with the gendarmerie. Asked by AFP, the Rennes prosecutor’s office was not able to confirm these elements immediately.
We don’t have the right to hit someone, whether elected or not elected
According to the town hall of this town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, this circus occupied this land, belonging to the town hall, with an authorization without legal value from the former owner. “They (the circus) left on Sunday afternoon, the gendarmerie came,” said Sterenn Leclere.
The elected municipal officials, who were to meet Monday evening in the municipal council, planned to “stop the council” and symbolically place their tricolor scarves on the desk and leave the council chamber. “We don’t have the right to hit someone, whether elected or not elected. It must be denounced, ”said Sterenn Leclere on behalf of the other elected officials of the municipal team.