an agent from the Béguey recycling center chased by car and threatened with iron bars

an agent from the Béguey recycling center chased by car and threatened with iron bars
an agent from the Béguey recycling center chased by car and threatened with iron bars

The story could have gone very wrong. Saturday May 18, around 5:30 p.m., one of the two agents at the Béguey recycling center, in South Gironde, was chased by car by two vans and threatened by at least seven individuals with iron bars. After a chase from Béguey to Paillet, the man managed to sow…

The story could have gone very wrong. Saturday May 18, around 5:30 p.m., one of the two agents at the Béguey recycling center, in South Gironde, was chased by car by two vans and threatened by at least seven individuals with iron bars. After a chase from Béguey to Paillet, the man managed to outrun his pursuers and return home, while alerting the police. He filed the complaint on Sunday. An investigation was opened by the Cadillac gendarmerie.

According to the agent, in office since 2022, the men who pursued him are not users of the premises but people who regularly come to the closing to collect metals from the dumpsters. “Three months ago, we decided to empty the scrap metal dumpster every day, to avoid these thefts. Usually, they were only emptied when full. They came to see me telling me that they were not happy and that they had nothing left, but without being aggressive. It was in February,” he relates.

“Except that on Saturday evening, they waited for me at the roundabout and followed me. When I saw the two trucks arriving in the rearview mirror, I was very scared. The first one overtook me to try to block my path. I zigzagged to avoid him and try to overtake him but they managed to corner me at Rions, with the second van behind me. Two got out but I managed to back up in the opposite direction and get going again. They followed me to Paillet before giving up,” he testifies.

Recurring intrusions

This Tuesday, May 21, the Entre-deux-Mers union for waste management (Semoctom) organized with Jocelyn Doré, president of the Convergence Garonne community of communes, and other elected officials, a press point in Saint-Léon , at Semoctom headquarters, to alert the public authorities. “We have already filed complaints for intrusions into our recycling centers against people who damage the premises and steal metals, but nothing has been done since. There, we have reached a milestone. This attempted attack is intolerable,” regrets François Auby, president of Semoctom.


The Béguey recycling center was closed after the incident.

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The union records around a hundred illegal intrusions per week in its six recycling centers. But he feels powerless in the face of repeated thefts, even though he assures that he respects “all the security rules imposed” and spends “75,000 euros per year on security”. “It’s a call for help to the police, the prefecture and the public authorities,” says François Auby. Semoctom recalls that the sale of scrap metal represents a significant financial windfall to balance its accounts.

Since the incident, the Béguey recycling center has been closed until further notice. Users are invited to go to the Saint-Léon location to drop off their waste. The public official has been placed under functional and physical protection but wishes to return to work as quickly as possible. “I’m afraid that if I stop for too long, I won’t have the courage to come back. Even if I don’t know how it’s going to happen or what could happen,” he confides.

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