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Death of the Mayor of Signes, elected since 1983
Portrait of Jean-Mathieu Michel, Mayor of Signes since 1983. Denis Caviglia

For thirty-six years, he was responsible for the proper operation of the town of Signes, in the Var. Jean-Mathieu Michel, mayor since 1983, died on Monday, August 5, reports France Bleu Provence, in an accident, following an argument.

The circumstances of his death are still confused. The DVD, aged 76, was "With friends on Department 402 when he saw people illegally unloading rubble on a private road.", reports the local radio. Jean-Mathieu Michel then asks the two men to stop. The two men complied, but after the mayor told them to wait for the municipal police for a verbalization, they made a maneuver to leave. The mayor, who was at the back of the vehicle, is fatally injured in the maneuver, explained the prosecution.

A flagrancy investigation was opened for aggravated homicide due to the quality of the victim, a detainee of the public authority. She was entrusted to the research brigade of the gendarmerie of Valletta, which will try to determine the voluntary character or not of the homicide. The driver of the vehicle and his passenger, construction workers, were placed in police custody. Tuesday at the end of the day, the driver was indicted for his indictment for manslaughter, which would tend to support the thesis of the accident, and the custody At sight of his lifted passenger.

"It's unacceptable"

Several voters expressed their emotion after the announcement of the death of their colleague. On Twitter, the mayor of Toulon, Hubert Falco (The Republicans), hailed a "A man of temperament, courage, respect and esteem for all his fellow citizens"as well as a "Great advocate of the Republican Idea". Marc Vuillemot, socialist mayor of La-Seyne-sur-Mer, also presented his sincere compassion "To all who have had the benefit of the very good public commitment of the late Mayor of Signes". The 153 communes of the Var will also put their flags at half mast on Tuesday, to pay tribute to the elite.

"I'm revolted, commented for its part the president of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, the mayor is no longer just "thrown off" when he puts himself at the service of the common good. AT" For his part, Richard Ferrand, on behalf of the National Assembly he presides, "Sincere condolences" to the relatives of the elite. "Our feelings of solidarity in the sentence go to all the population of the municipality tragically deprived of the dedication of its first magistrate", he wrote on Twitter.

Interviewed by Europe 1, Jean-Pierre VÃ © ran, President of the Association of Mayors of the Var, said to be "collapsed" :

"Jean-Mathieu Michel died in the fulfillment of his mandate, out of love for his commune and public service, out of love for the Republic. To die in the performance of one's duties is unacceptable. AT"

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