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Clashes, blocked highway … The carnival movement degenerates

Manifestation of the showmen at Le Mans, March 22, 2019. – JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP

The tension still seems to go up a notch. This Monday morning, clashes between the angry showmen and the police have resumed in the city center of Le Mans. Several hundred of these professionals have once again invested the place of the Jacobins. Like Friday,
the town hall was evacuated. Tear grenades were fired and a protester was wounded in the leg. Public transport is highly disturbed.

As a result of a conflict between the fairgrounds and the mayor (PS), the traditional funfair Palm was canceled this year, a decision that greatly displeased the fairgrounders and caused this movement of anger.

Still disagree between city hall and fairgrounds

According to the Mayor of Le Mans, several proposals were made this weekend. The city envisaged in particular that a new edition of the carnival could take place during the fair, in September. Another commitment: the realization of facilities on the site of the Panorama. These two proposals were rejected by the showmen.

"I ask the state to ensure the protection of the town hall which is the house of all the Mancelles and Manceaux", reacted this morning in a statement Stéphane Le Foll, the mayor of Le Mans, which denounces "an insurrectional violence unacceptable. " At 10am, the Sarthe prefecture indicated that the A11 motorway was blocked in both directions. Filter dams and fires were found. The prefecture asks pedestrians and vehicles to avoid "imperatively" the sector of the Jacobins.




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