The town hall will not party. The elected officials of Salency, in the Oise, voted unanimously on Wednesday the cancellation of the € 1800 support promised in March for the organization of the next festival of Rosière, announcement Oise Hebdo. The mayor of the city, Hervé Deplanque, said he has received many "offensive" e-mails since the announcement of the return in June 2019 of this fifth century Christian holiday, which has been suspended since 1987 and a young girl is celebrating rated behavior impeccably.
One of the selection criteria to choose the young Rosière of the year, his "virtue", has created controversy, feminist associations that denounce the idea that a "retrograde" and "sexist & # 39; event is subsidized by the town hall. A petition requesting the dissolution of the party even brought together nearly 40,000 signatures.
"We must take the current meaning of the word virtue"
The association at the origin of the event, the brotherhood of Saint Médard, named after the maker of La Rosière, immediately responded with his own petition to defend the initiative, with a more modest success and 600 signatures. At the microphone Oise Hebdo, his chairman Bertrand Tribout defends his project, standing up against "associations in search of controversies":
"You must take the dictionary or type" virtue "on Google and see the current meaning of the word" virtue. "This is the one we are dealing with. & # 39; Virtue is a human institution to do good and do no harm, only that is it. "
Arguments that have not been enough to give him the support of the city council, who, since the beginning, little enthusiastic about the idea, preferred to retreat. It remains to be seen whether the planned party for 2019 will still be maintained. A subsequent meeting should determine the problem.