Tags were discovered Friday August 21 at the center of Oradour-sur-Glane, place of memory of the Second World War. “Everything will be done” to prosecute the authors of this “unspeakable” act, President Emmanuel Macron reacted on Saturday.
Tags were discovered Friday, August 21 at the memory center of Oradour-sur-Glane, a village marked by a massacre during the Second World War. On a photo uploaded by The Popular of the Center, we see the word “martyr” scratched in the paint, a blue tarpaulin covering inscriptions. According to the newspaper, “the word ‘liar’ has been added as well as a reference to a revisionist and to the theories that regularly resurface about the martyr village of Upper Viennese.”
Emmanuel Macron “condemns with the greatest firmness this unspeakable act. He gives his full support to the mayor and the town. He assures them that everything will be done so that the perpetrators of this act are brought to justice”, communicated the Elysee .
Prime Minister Jean Castex reacted to this act of vandalism on Twitter. “I learned with anger and dismay the degradation of the memory center of Oradour-sur-Glane,” he tweeted. According to him, “to sully this place of meditation is also to sully the memory of our martyrs.” The Prime Minister also promised that everything was done to find the perpetrators.
I learned with anger and consternation of the degradation of the memory center of Oradour-sur-Glane.
To soil this place of meditation is also to soil the memory of our martyrs.
Everything is done to ensure that the authors of these infamous acts answer to justice.
– Jean Castex (@JeanCASTEX) August 21, 2020
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, for his part, described these inscriptions as “negationists” and “spitting on the memory of our martyrs.” “The services of the Ministry of the Interior are at the disposal of the mayor of the town to arrest the author of this abject dirt,” he added on Twitter.
The negationist inscriptions in Ouradour-sur-Glane are a spitting on the memory of our martyrs. The services of the Ministry of the Interior are at the disposal of the mayor of the town to arrest the author of this abject dirt.
– Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) August 21, 2020
An investigation was opened at the Limoges public prosecutor’s office.
On June 10, 1944, the SS “Das Reich” division had killed 642 villagers in Oradour-sur-Glane. The men had been gathered in a barn and shot. The Germans had locked the women and children in a church before setting it on fire. Each year, the center, opened in 1996, receives around 300,000 visitors.