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Robert Ménard; Béziers. Photo supplied

Preserving the French way of life in Béziers

A French municipal newspaper has once again made a name for itself, particularly welcoming "the return of common sense for five years", that is to say since the election of Robert Ménard at the helm of the city.

Published: July 20, 2019, 12:45 pm

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    In the town of Robert Ménard, Béziers, there are certain traditions that should be safeguarded, such as the “French way of life”. This is essentially the message that was found in a double page insert of issue of the municipal newspaper of Beziers, released July 15, and shared on Twitter by the affiliated National Rally.

    The town of Béziers has no place for no-go zones: “Our way of life is not negotiable” the double-page feature announced.

    The town – or at least the editors of the newspaper – seems to enjoy the calm found in the Hérault commune since the election of Robert Ménard at the town hall. “For five years, it’s been the return of common sense. The message has the merit of being clear: in Béziers, we live in France, and therefore, the French way.”

    It is according to this motto that Ménard, the co-founder of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been managing his municipality since 2014. Its main feats are thus mentioned: a ban on washing displayed in the windows in the historic center, anti-spit decrees, the creation of a brigade fighting against incivilities, as well as the establishment of a charter of mosques to prohibit “the promotion of an aggressive Islam”. In fact, nothing is left to chance to preserve Béziers.

    This is not all: sanctions have been provided for those who want to brandish a foreign flag during a wedding party or those who arrive late at the event. Robert Ménard also endorsed the “fight against the establishment of new kebab and community shops” and the “defense of the Christmas crib” of the city.

    The insert also revealed that Béziers is visited every year by some 23 000 tourists. Finally, a twinning was announced with the Syrian Christian village of Maaloula.

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