A rally took place Thursday out of “solidarity” with Christian Lantenois, the photographer for the daily “L’Union” violently attacked in Reims.
About sixty people gathered Thursday at the call of five associations of residents of the priority district Red Cross, in Reims, by “solidarity” with the photo-journalist of the daily Union who was violently attacked there Saturday.
“We are here in solidarity with the journalist and to condemn this odious act which also attacks the values of the Republic”, explained to AFP Mohamed El-Addaoui in front of the parking lot of the Red Cross media library, scene of the aggression .
Christian Lantenois, 65, came to cover incidents in this sensitive neighborhood when he was violently taken to task on Saturday afternoon by a dozen people, to prevent him from doing his job, according to the prosecution.
A 21-year-old resident of the neighborhood has been indicted Wednesday for “aggravated attempted murder” and placed in pre-trial detention, while the photographer was placed in an artificial coma, presenting in particular a “very severe head trauma” said Wednesday the prosecutor.
The president of the Association of Magrebian Workers of France, in the neighborhood since 1983, is still shocked by the aggression of the journalist. “We’ve known him for years,” he says.
“We feel abandoned by the public authorities”
Salah Byar, too, claims to know him well. But beyond the messages of solidarity, the president of the Committee for the Defense of Red Cross tenants, a district with a total of 28,000 inhabitants, also wants to launch an alert.
“I’ve lived in the neighborhood for fifty years, I’ve seen it deteriorate. Before, there was everything, sports grounds, associations, a police and gendarmerie office. Everything has disappeared. left space for thugs, “he laments.
“We feel abandoned by the public authorities. I no longer see anything positive here.”
“The violence is increasingly young and more and more extreme”, also notes Rachid Alaoui, of the Committee of the tenants of the rue Pierre Taittinger. According to him, “it is necessary to associate the inhabitants with public security”.
The rally was supervised by about fifteen police officers.