A stele to African soldiers profaned in Sarcelles – photos, video


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Flowers trampled, a stele reversed: an investigation was opened after the desecration of a monument to African soldiers on Thursday night in Sarcelles (Val-d'Oise), told AFP Monday close source of the investigation, confirming information from the Parisian.

A stele in tribute to African soldiers was desecrated in Sarcelles.

According to the first images of CCTV, it is "obviously a man, alone and not yet identified", who "massacred the flowerbed" and hit the stele until it spills soon after 20H Thursday night, two days after the ceremonies of November 11, says this source.

"No registration, no tag, nothing was left on the stele," she added.

The stele, installed on the forecourt of the station since May 2018, was erected in memory of African soldiers who fell during the two world wars. It was not the subject of "no controversy" and the act was not claimed, according to this source.

"This stele is the culmination of a lot of work on memory, especially by local associations in a city that hosts a large Franco-African community (Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Central African Republic, Mauritania …) Patrick Haddad, Mayor of Sarcelles, told AFP.

His installation had not given rise to heated debate. It is very saddening and very shocking to see this desecration on a relatively fragile memory because it is still recent, "he continued, even though he adds that there is" no element on a political or anti-African gesture ".

The stele, "fractured in two", is not repairable according to the mayor: "We would leave a priori on a reconfection".

The exploitation of other CCTV images is in progress. The investigation, opened for "degradation of public property", was entrusted to the police station of Sarcelles.

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