Mayor LREM of Besançon, Jean-Louis Fousseret wants to hunt beggars from his city center.
A decision to that effect, reports L & # 39; Est Républicain. This decree stipulates that it is now forbidden to sit on the street: "Consumption of alcohol, begging with or without animals, groups and sitting or lying down when it is an obstacle to public traffic is prohibited."
Offenders are confronted with fine of 38 euros
Fighting against "excesses"
Jean-Louis Fousseret assures to fight against "excesses". "The recruescence in some streets, squares and public places of people who often beg aggressively … and the increase in public places and for some buildings, the number of people often accompanied by dogs, hinders the circulation",
decision, says L & # 39; Est Républicain, is limited to a few streets in the city center and in the summer period: "From July 9 to September 30, from Monday to Saturday, From 10 am to 8 pm It will be again during the holidays , from November 23 to December 31 and from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm "
" Tired of hunting the poor! "
However, residents of the city of bisontine, shocked, took part in a sit- in, organized on Saturday, August 18th. "Tired of hunting the poor! We do not fight poverty and misery by laying it under the carpet", the organizers of the event said on Facebook.
One hundred people participated in the event.
Fousseret against Fousseret
Some people note that a few years ago (in 2011, very precisely), Jean-Louis Fousseret … was opposed to the establishment of a municipal anti-begging decision, judging that it would a "dramatic failure".
The text of this press release is available on the website of the City Hall of Besançon.
Note that other cities – left and right – that Besançon have taken Orders against begging, such as Montpellier, Nice or La Rochelle.