Murder of Matisse in Châteauroux: more than 8,000 people present at the white march

Murder of Matisse in Châteauroux: more than 8,000 people present at the white march
Murder of Matisse in Châteauroux: more than 8,000 people present at the white march

“Solidary” and “secure”: a white march in tribute to the young Matisse, 15 years old, killed by a teenager of the same age on April 27, started this Saturday afternoon in the center of Châteauroux (Indre), in the appeal of the family which refuses any political recovery. This brought together around 8,000 people, according to the prefect of Indre Thibault Lanxade. Matisse’s parents stood at the head of the silent procession, behind a banner bearing the image of their son.

The family, “deeply touched by all the marks of sympathy received”, wished to pay tribute to Matisse with a white march, which set off at 3:30 p.m. from Place La Fayette, according to a press release from the metropolis, sent on Wednesday. “The family invites all participants to show respect throughout the route so that the walk takes place in a peaceful and united spirit,” it was added.

Despite the call from Matisse’s father in particular to guard against any political exploitation, Friday evening, a small ultra-right group displayed banners in front of the town hall: “Justice for Matisse”, “French wake up”. According to the prefect of Indre, Thibault Lanxade, the operation was “very quick”. “There were around ten of them. They unfurled their banners and left.” The action was claimed by the small group “Animus Fortis” on its X account.

The march, planned for the afternoon, “will probably pass in front of Matisse’s father’s restaurant (Games 2 Tastes), with a stroll through the city,” the prefect had also specified. According to the latter, “3,000 to 10,000 people” were expected in this usually peaceful town of 43,000 inhabitants, where many traders had put photos of otters in their windows on Friday, thus responding to the appeal launched on Facebook by Matisse’s father, Christophe Marchais, who nicknamed his child “my otter” or “Matou”.

The teenager died from his injuries on April 27, after several stab wounds during a “brawl” that occurred in the Saint-Denis district, according to the Bourges public prosecutor. His alleged attacker was indicted Monday evening for “murder” and placed in pre-trial detention, and his mother, aged 37 and suspected of having “slapped the injured victim”, was indicted for ” intentional violence” on “vulnerable person”.

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