The French mayor has become a high-risk occupation

The mayor of the city of Sene, in the south of France, was recently crushed to death by trucks during his official duties, and the incident became the focus of law-wide attention. Repeated personal attacks and worrying about the security situation have led the leaders of French grassroots administrations to live a life of fear.

According to the French “Express” on the 10th, the 76-year-old mayor of the city of Sene, Jean-Martiès Michel, found a truck illegally dumping construction waste when he was driving through a local road on the 5th. Michelle immediately stopped and asked the two people in the car to reload the waste. The truck driver obeyed the request of the mayor, but when the truck was backed up, the mayor at the rear of the vehicle was knocked down and unfortunately killed. The police revealed that the driver said that “it was not intentional and did not see the mayor behind” and the case is still under investigation. Michelle has been in business for 36 years and is deeply loved by local residents. After the car accident, 153 towns in the province of Valle halved the flag, and Mark Long sent a letter of condolence to the family of the deceased.

Shortly after the tragedy, the French Ministry of the Interior announced on the 8th a survey of the occupational risks of municipal officials. The results showed that the safety of 361 mayors and their assistants in France was harmed in 2018, and 60% of them were Threats and extortion, 40% of people have suffered physical violence and 178 have been insulted. What is even more worrying is that this phenomenon shows a growing trend: in 2018, such events were 9% more than in 2017.

The survey by the French Association of Mayors and the National Institute of Political Science at the end of last year showed that half of the current mayors said they would not want to participate in the 2020 mayoral elections, especially in the small towns (towns) who expressed their willingness to abandon the municipal The office serves. When asked why they were not willing to re-elect, 71% said they wanted to return to a peaceful and peaceful life; 36% said they were getting into trouble with the public.

France’s Mayor’s President François Barouan said in an interview with the French “Sunday Daily” on the 11th that “the mayors are at risk”: “The situation of French municipal officials has deteriorated over the past 25 years. In fact, from insults, jealousy, and anonymous letters to today’s cyber threats, there are more and more violent means against officials.” Baruan called on the government to take measures to protect local officials, including installing surveillance cameras and expanding administrative police teams where needed.