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Nantes: after the squat of the house of a couple of octogenarians, the families have been rehoused


A transitional solution, valid until January 25, has been found via accommodation in mobile homes at the Nantes campsite.

Le Figaro Nantes

A roof and heating: this is what two families without housing in Nantes will be able to benefit from.

After a controversy, a legal and political battle, a solution was found Thursday evening at the instigation of the prefect of Loire-Atlantique, for the families who had been illegally installed in a house in Nantes.

“They will be housed in mobile homes at the Nantes campsite

,” rejoices Renz, a member of the La Maison du Peuple collective.

Accommodation that is only temporary.

It is supposed to last until January 25, pending a more lasting solution that is better suited to the needs of the dozen people concerned.

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“We are very happy with this outcome”

, supports Renz who was the target, like the Maison du Peuple of criticism, in this affair.

To fully understand, you have to go back in time.

On Saturday, activists from the collective illegally invaded a private house, empty of its occupants, located in a residential area east of Nantes.

An action to


four families and two elderly people.

The objective was also to denounce the lack of accommodation structures in the Nantes conurbation.


- Nantes: the house of a couple of octogenarians squatted by a collective

From legal to political terrain

Except that, shortly after, a controversy was born.

The reason: the squatted house is the property of a couple of octogenarians under guardianship and placed in health establishments.

Their relatives lodged a complaint and via a lawyer they made a request for eviction from the Loire-Atlantique prefecture which took, on Wednesday, a formal notice to leave the premises within 24 hours.

The case then took a political turn.

The opposition of the right and the center to the town hall of Nantes pointed to the support of the municipality for the association involved in this action.

Indeed, the latter has been making premises available to La Maison du peuple since last November.

Johanna Rolland

[the mayor of Nantes, editor’s note]

lodges at the expense of the taxpayer the (so-called) House of the People and they are going to squat the house of two very old people under guardianship?

In Nantes, we subsidize illegality

, ”wrote Foulques Chombart de Lauwe, a member of the opposition, in a tweet.

A warning from the town hall

With Le


, Mahaut Bertu, elected leftist in charge of associative life at the town hall of Nantes, then said not

to "support what is happening"

and asked the Maison du Peuple to

"put an end to this occupancy”


That's what the activists did.

As soon as they learned the identity of the owners of the house and that the 115 assured them

of “support for the families”

, they decided to pack up within 48 hours.

“We returned the premises as agreed on Thursday morning.

We were as human as possible

,” said Renz, who said he was


after this episode.

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It is however not finished yet.

It would seem that he left traces in the relations between the Maison du Peuple and the town hall of Nantes.

“We received a warning following our action”

, confirms to



For the moment, the activists have not yet decided how to react to it:

“We will first recover and then debrief together.

We will express ourselves in the days to come.”

Source: lefigaro

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