Racist remarks spoil the Midsummer bonfire festival in Lepuix

Racist remarks spoil the Midsummer bonfire festival in Lepuix
Racist remarks spoil the Midsummer bonfire festival in Lepuix

Nearly 10,000 people were in Lepuix, this Saturday, June 22, to participate in the Saint-Jean Fireworks, in the Territoire de Belfort. An event organized by FC Giro Lepuix. Except that the party was spoiled during a blind test at the start of the evening. To participate, you only had to enter the name of your team via your smartphone on the internet. While most of the team names were wacky, two particularly left their mark: “Bardella” and “dirty immigrant”. Comments denounced in particular by Vincent Jeudy, environmental activist, former departmental secretary of Europe Ecology the Greens of the Territoire de Belfort. He was present and he says: “The host announced the names and at one point, there is the name of “Bardella”, the host laughs and I am surprised, I am not going to Saint-Jean to hear the name of someone who is involved in the legislative elections. And the next name, I thought I was deaf. It was “dirty immigrant”, I asked around if I heard correctly. My arms fell, I said to myself, but how can you say such things in front of 10,000 people?

Stéphane Demeusy, the president of FC Giro Lepuix, claims to have discovered the controversy on social networks and is sorry, “at an event of this magnitude, the volunteers are running everywhere and we didn’t pay attention to the facilitator who is a service provider. Obviously, he should have warned us and asked them to change their nicknames or not repeat them”. He claims to be in contact with him to try to trace the perpetrators in order to file a complaint, “but afterwards, unfortunately, I will not be able to do much more apart from apologizing very sincerely. These comments have nothing to do in this type of event.”

The mayor of Lepuix, Daniel Roth, assures that he is not aware, “I haven’t heard and if it’s true, I’m shocked”.

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