All of the public benches have been removed in a village in southern France as part of a beautification project. Officially the measure is meant to cut costs, but the real reason seems to be because the benches are mostly used by residents of Northern African origin.
That is the view of the paper Les Echos (June 14).
Two factors support this explanation, the paper writes: “Firstly, it is more credible than the idea that removing the benches will save anything more than a pittance, and secondly it is perfectly in line with the results of the first round of the parliamentary elections.
“Here and in the surrounding towns, the Front National has come close to and even surpassed the 30 percent mark. This explanation even has the major advantage of getting people to think seriously about where our society is heading. If the only way to solve the difficulties posed by the coexistence of cultural groups is to physically remove the most modest amenities, we are definitely in a bad way.”