French mayors refuse to lower flags for Elizabeth II
Published on 12.09.2022
Sputnik reports that after Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne asked to lower the flags everywhere in France in tribute to the Queen of England who died on Thursday, Patrick Proisy, mayor of Faches-Thumesnil, refused to execute.
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Ms Borne advocated lowering the flags in France the day after the announcement of the death of Elizabeth II. The measure was initially proposed by Emmanuel Macron.
The request was not well received by all the city councilors.
Patrick Proisy, mayor of Faches-Thumesnil, a town in the North, was resistant. He explained via Twitter his refusal to apply “the order of the Prime Minister to lower the flags on” his commune.
TF1 NEWS – Death of Elizabeth II: mayors refuse to lower the French flag.
Explanation here: ” The British flag will be flown at half-mast today until 8am, after which the British national flag will be hoisted. Charles will be declared king later today at 11 a.m. at the Accession Council to be held at St. James’s Palace and attended by the Privy Councillors, Lords, Mayor of the City of London and High Commissioners of some Commonwealth Membership Council countries, among others. »
“Is it done for all heads of state who die? Does our Republic give preference to a monarch, head of a Church? he wondered.
“…but do we do it for everyone? No. Nothing for Gorbachev, Nobel Peace Prize winner,” he detailed in another tweet.
The mayor of Bourges does the same
The mayor of Bourges, Yann Galut also opposed the half-masting of the flags.
“I respect the pain of our English friends but I will not put the French flags on the pediment of the municipal buildings of the city of Bourges requested by Élisabeth Borne, this request seems incredible to me”, he tweeted.
As a sign of meditation, the presidency placed a British flag on the steps of the Élysée on Thursday evening and will again lower the flags on Monday 19, the day of the funeral of this “great friend of France”.
The last time, the national standard had been lowered on the occasion of the death of Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
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