What the Occitanie papers said on Friday


After more than four years of an infamous procedure against Robert Ménard, mayor of Béziers, the case has been dropped.  Robert Ménard was accused of keeping records of Asian school children.  During the trial he admitted that he had manually counted the Asian school population by looking at their first names.  The mayor and the town hall were cleared of storing that data.

Two suspects have been arrested in Castres.  A 32 year old man and his 57 year old mother were arrested at the Camp Vivarié Castres, and are accused of enslaving a 46 year old woman in a caravan for a year.

A magistrate helped a homeless man who’s dog had been stolen.  The dog was all he had, and he was distraught when it was stolen.  The magistrate helped to get CCTV footage studied, and the dog was returned to the grateful homeless man who sleeps outside the Montpellier courthouse.

Several hundred young people, most of them high school students, demonstrated for the climate on Friday, in Montpellier and Nîmes. Throughout the weekend, environmental groups are calling for action around the world within days of a UN summit on the issue.

On Thursday, the association Mille Couleurs was officially approved as a social centre by the Gard Family Allowance Fund. The Association works daily with the inhabitants of the Pissevin district in Nîmes.

The Chassezac Gorges in Lozère will be closed due to on-going work at the Beyssac electricity production plant. Between 23 September and 14 October access to the Chassezac Gorges will be prohibited.

One of the biggest funfairs in France started this Friday in Saint-Michel, Toulouse.  More than a hundred fairground attractions will be running until 13 October in the Zenith car park.

During his visit to the Aude in June 2019, the Minister of the Interior promised the renovation of the dilapidated police station in Narbonne in early September. The work is postponed for budgetary reasons, and the police are furious.

On Saturday, Toulouse will commemorate 18 years since the explosion of the AZF petrochemical plant.  The wasteland will be home to Europe’s largest urban solar power plant, and the construction is underway.

This Thursday, September 26, Emmanuel Macron will be in Rodez, Aveyron, for the first debate on the pension reform.