What happened in Occitanie at the weekend

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Hotel du Col in Puymorens at risk of collapsing

A fire broke out on Saturday afternoon in the disused l’hôtel du Col in Puymorens, Pyrénées-Orientales. Dozens of firefighters struggled all night in extreme conditions.  There are fears that the building may collapse.

Gilets jaunes demonstrations in Montpellier resulted in 12 arrests and nine injured, in a tense battle with the CRS.  Witnesses say that the police charged for no reason.

Carole Delga denounced the hysteria about immigration.  The Occitanie President published a piece in the newspaper Aujourd’hui en France-Le Parisien entitled “Immigration is not the mother of all our ills”.

Three firefighters were victims of violence and threatened with death last Monday in Toulouse.  The perpetrator was tried on Saturday and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Coming 11th in the BMX World Freestyle Park this Sunday, the Biterrois Anthony Jeanjean secured his place to represent France at the 2020 Olympics in BMX freestyle park in Tokyo.

The cyclist group #JeSuisUnDesDeux was created in Montpellier a year ago.  The rallying cry was heard in several cities throughout France during national demonstrations this Sunday.

Castelnau-le-Lez payed tribute to Brice Le Mescam, victim of the bombing of the Paris police headquarters.  A plaque was unveiled, in the presence of his family, in the street in Castelnau-le-Lez where he grew up.

A missing octogenarian who was out looking for mushrooms, has been found dead.  On Saturday, the body of the 85 year old man was found in a wood near Le Bourg, in the Lot. He had been missing for two days while searching for mushrooms.