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The death of the mayor of Signes recalls the violence suffered by local officials
Mr. Michel died Monday, overthrown by a van, at the age of 76 years. VALERIE PARC / NICE MORNING / MAXPPP

The death of the mayor of Signes reminds of the risks that the mayors incur. Jean-Mathieu Michel, mayor of this small town of Var since 1983, was overthrown on Monday, August 5, by a van while he wanted to verbalize its occupants for illegal deportation of rubble, a problem re-occurring in the region.

Emmanuel Macron sent a letter of condolences to his family and greets "With respect the tireless dedication of this church that has served its community and its inhabitants for more than forty years and whose last gesture reflected the concern for its territory and its involvement in upholding the law for the good. of all ».

On Wednesday, State Secretary Marlene Schiappa reacted by saying that the mayor's term of office was "Extremely difficult and (that) we have to support it more". A bill, mandated by the minister in charge of territorial collectivities, SÃ © bastien Lecornu, for "To better secure the courses of the mayors and mayors" will be presented at the beginning, she said.

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Consultation of mayors

For its part, the Senate's Committee on the Law launched a consultation, with the Association of Mayors of France, on the violence suffered by mayors. For the commission, this event brings to light "The insecurity that mayors face in the exercise of their daily missions". Number of them "" Encounter phenomena of incivility and suffer unjustified misrepresentation. Some have been threatened or even attacked by their physical integrity ", stresses the institution in a statement.

A questionnaire, supplemented by an online consultation on the Senate website, will be sent to them. The answers will be received until September 15th and the committee will proceed to a series of hearings. She will then examine "The necessary plan of action" so that mayors can perform their duties "In conditions that preserve their security and the dignity of their mandate".

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