Former Mayor Suing Townspeople For Failing to Welcome Migrants

Jean-Jacques Lacoste is suing residents of the town he once served as mayor for “incitement to racial hatred” after spotting posters complaining that the resettlement of migrants squatting in Calais to the commune will bring crime and antisocial behaviour. The Socialist former mayor said he was “shocked” to see the flyers in the Normandy commune of Bretteville-sur-Laize. Titled “No to the reception centre”, the notices appear in several shop windows. Underneath reads: “migrants with nothing to do in Bretteville = incivility, theft, assault, rape, loss of value to our businesses and our property”. Mr Lacoste was “appalled” to discover the posters, which call on residents to sign a petition to stop migrants from being moved from the so-called “jungle” camp at Calais to the Normandy commune. The former mayor took photographs of the offending notices and declared that he intends to sue their authors for discrimination and incitement to racial hatred. “I was shocked”, the socialist said of his reaction to the posters. “Together we will show our brotherhood to the migrants when they come. I am sorry that such excesses occur in this town where I choose to live”, Lacoste added. Francetv reported that locals at the Val de Laize café were