Murder of Matisse: several thousand people in Châteauroux for the white march

Murder of Matisse: several thousand people in Châteauroux for the white march
Murder of Matisse: several thousand people in Châteauroux for the white march

Under a clearing, Place La Fayette in the city center was packed with people, with, among the many people present, elected officials, carrying white or pink roses. Some people had worn t-shirts with otters, a reference to Matisse’s nickname given by his father Christophe Marchais.

Matisse’s parents stood at the head of the silent procession, behind a banner bearing the image of their son.

The businesses were almost all closed and many had a photo of the teenager or an otter in their window.

The need to do “something” has become essential for catering professionals in Châteauroux, explains Delphine Chambonneau, owner of the Albert Coffee shop, located in the city center.

Matisse was an apprentice cook at the CFA de l’Indre and his father owns a restaurant.

“We all know each other. We all have a connection with this family”explains Ms. Chambonneau, while a t-shirt with the words “restaurateurs and cafe owners united in pain / Rest in peace Matisse” was made. The day of Sunday April 28, the day after the tragedy, was particularly difficult, continues Ms. Chambonneau. “All the customers were starting to cry.”

Political recovery

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”, “Awake French”.

According to the prefect of Indre, Thibault Lanxade, the operation was “very fast”. “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.

Police reinforcement

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 victim” injured, was indicted for “intentional violence” on “vulnerable person”.

Matisse’s murder comes after a new wave of violence between young people, such as the fatal beating in Viry-Châtillon (Essonne) of Shemseddine, 15, and in the middle of the campaign for the European elections.

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