Marseille, Lyon, Nantes… Several town halls turn off their lights in tribute to the civilian victims of Rafah

Marseille, Lyon, Nantes… Several town halls turn off their lights in tribute to the civilian victims of Rafah
Marseille, Lyon, Nantes… Several town halls turn off their lights in tribute to the civilian victims of Rafah

Two days after the deadly strike which left 45 dead and nearly 250 injured in a camp for displaced people in Rafah, according to the Ministry of Health of the Hamas administration in Gaza, several town halls announced that they would turn off their lights on Wednesday at 10 p.m. in tribute to civilian victims in the Gaza Strip.

The initiative came from the mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan. On his

“The horror of the murderous strikes on Rafah revolts us and touches us to the depths of our humanity,” he wrote, while launching an appeal to other elected officials. “I call on all Mayors of France to do the same,” he continues.

Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux, Grenoble follow the initiative

A call which was followed in the evening by other left-wing or environmentalist elected officials. The EELV mayor of Lyon, Grégory Doucet, announced that he would also turn off the lights at city hall at 10 p.m. “Let us not turn our eyes away from Rafah,” he wrote. These images of devastation outrage and touch each of us. » The mayor of Nantes, Johanna Rolland, as well as the mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre Hurmic, also indicated on X that they would participate in this movement. “We turn off the lights and we keep our eyes open,” said the Bordeaux councilor.

The mayor of Grenoble, Éric Piolle, announced that the city of Isère would follow this initiative. “At 10 p.m., the Town Halls of Cities friendly to the Palestinian people go out of business, to shed light on what is happening in Rafah, in Gaza, in the West Bank,” he wrote on X.

The town hall of Montpellier will also be extinguished, indicated the socialist mayor Michaël Delafosse. “Every life counts, our humanity, the children, the civilians of Gaza cannot suffer from the choices of Netanyahu who ensures no one’s security. There needs to be a ceasefire. Hamas must release the Israeli hostages,” indicates the councilor on his X account. The president of the Occitanie region, Carole Delga, also announced the extinction of regional hotels.

In Lille, PS Mayor Martine Aubry also announced the extinction of buildings on Thursday “in support of Gaza”. “We obviously share your anger at the horrors of the deadly strikes on Rafah,” she replied to the mayor of Marseille. “As part of energy sobriety, the lights in the town hall are already turned off in the evening,” recalls the 73-year-old elected official.

An extinction of the Eiffel Tower “not on the agenda”

David Belliard, Paris deputy mayor for transformation of public space and mobility, also called for the lights of the Eiffel Tower to be turned off by re-sharing Benoît Payan’s message on X.

“Like Marseille and Lyon, who will turn off the lights in their city hall, let us show Paris’ solidarity with Rafah, hit by deadly strikes. In memory of the victims, for peace and a ceasefire, let’s turn off the lights of the Eiffel Tower,” writes the elected environmentalist.

Contacted by Le Parisien, the Paris town hall affirms that an extinction of the Eiffel Tower is not on the program. “The Mayor brought together the group presidents of the majority and the opposition a few weeks ago to make a commitment to a symbolic gesture during the Paris Council. The city paid tribute to the Palestinian victims last Tuesday with a minute of silence during the Paris Council,” we recall from the City Hall.

International outrage

At least 75 Palestinians died in 24 hours in Israeli military operations in Gaza, bringing the death toll, mostly civilians, in the besieged territory to 36,171, according to data released Wednesday by the Gaza Health Ministry. Hamas administration.

On Tuesday, an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was called after the Israeli bombing on Sunday which provoked international outrage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regretted a “tragic accident”. The IDF affirmed for its part that its ammunition used on Sunday could not have “alone” caused the fire causing the 45 deaths. On the same day as the meeting, Gaza Civil Defense announced the deaths of 21 additional Palestinians in an Israeli strike on another IDP camp in Rafah.

At the UN, Algeria presented this Wednesday to the Security Council a draft resolution demanding an “immediate” ceasefire and an end to the offensive in Rafah, where Israeli tanks entered for the first time. time on May 7, to – according to Tel Aviv – eliminate the last battalions of Hamas, behind the deadly attacks of October 7 committed in the south of Israel. Despite international condemnations and calls for a ceasefire, the offensive continues.

Tumult in the Assembly

In France, the war in Gaza was invited to the National Assembly. Tuesday, Bouches-du-Rhône MP Sébastien Delogu unfurled a Palestinian flag in the hemicycle. A gesture which earned him exclusion from the session for fifteen days and deprivation of half of his parliamentary allowance for two months.

The tumult continued as far as the Salle des Quatre Colonnes, a meeting point between elected officials and journalists, where LFI deputy David Guiraud and LR Meyer Habib exchanged invectives. The bailiffs even intervened between the two men, who came into physical contact.

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