Graves of British soldiers vandalized in seven communes of Finistère

Graves of British soldiers vandalized in seven communes of Finistère
Graves of British soldiers vandalized in seven communes of Finistère

“We hope that those responsible will be found, judged and punished”; “what a bunch of cowards!” » ; “It’s shameful, no respect for the soldiers who fell on the field of honor”… Reactions have been pouring in since the announcement by our colleagues from Le Télégramme of the discovery of acts of vandalism on the graves of British soldiers in no less than seven municipalities of North Finistère (Guipavas, Gouesnou, Plougastel-Daoulas, Ploudaniel, Brignogan, Le Folgoët and La Forest-Landerneau)… geographically distant to say the least.

Various funeral ornaments, including small wooden crosses, flower wreaths and the traditional poppies – the “poppy” is used as an emblem of the First World War’s Remembrance in the United Kingdom – were stolen, probably overnight from Thursday May 16 to Friday May 17.

In Gouesnou, the wreath laid by the British delegation during the May 8 commemorations, as well as the plastic poppy wreaths (finally found in municipal trash bins), as well as a commemorative plaque, were stolen. The stones placed on the grave of a Jewish soldier have been scattered.

In the other municipalities, the results are roughly the same: plaques, fresh flowers and wooden crosses on the ground or missing. The exact number of graves affected is not yet known. It is currently unknown whether tombs in other communities could also have been victims of this depredation. Le Souvenir Français, represented by Marc Privé, in the town of Gouesnou, filed a complaint with the Finistère Gendarmerie.

“These acts are stupid, sterile and imbecile,” slips Stéphane Roudaut, mayor of Gouesnou and first vice-president of Brest Métropole, who nevertheless says he is relieved that the graves “were not tagged or defaced” in the process. “Especially since in the town of Gouesnou, we have the graves of five British soldiers…”. For the councilor as for the Finisterians, these unclaimed facts are incomprehensible, and all the more so given the significant distance between certain municipalities (sometimes located 1 hour’s drive between one and the other).

“The image of these vandalized graves, those of British soldiers who gave their lives to liberate our country during the Second World War, is heartbreaking for our Department of Finistère,” Graziella Melchior highlighted this Wednesday morning on social networks, Member of Parliament for the 5th constituency of Finistère. These men sacrificed their future to ensure our freedom and security. During this period of commemoration, I invite all citizens to mobilize against any act of vandalism which tarnishes the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

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