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Defended by the mayor, but castigated by elected officials and associations: in Menton, the Zavatta circus at the heart of yet another controversy


The troupe was graciously welcomed to Menton on the sole condition that the wild animals were not represented. However, from the Premiere last Friday, the beasts appeared under the red and yellow marquee, triggering the wrath of defenders of the animal cause.

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In view of the eventful episodes in recent weeks in Nice, we thought the soap opera Zavatta ended in the Alpes-Maritimes.

It is however clear that the Circassians have not finished talking about them in the department.

Ordered to leave the Baie des Anges

manu militari

15 days ago after having fought with the municipality - Christian Estrosi in the lead -, the latter and their fifty wild animals took refuge a few kilometers further east, in Chin.

The whole troop was welcomed with good grace by the mayor, Yves Juhel, on the sole condition that the lions, tigers and other hippopotamus are not represented.

However, from the Premiere last Friday, the big cats appeared under the red and yellow marquee, immediately triggering the wrath of defenders of the animal cause.

"I am very disappointed and upset that those responsible for the Zavatta circus did not respect the commitments made to the prefect during a meeting in the prefecture in which I participated concerning the presence of wild animals during the performances", s

' is indignant Patrice Novelli, deputy mayor for animal protection and welfare, in a message posted on Facebook.

by Élodie Robert, Deputy Delegate for the Environment.

Read also“A genocircus”: in Nice, the response of the Zavatta circus to the attacks of Christian Estrosi

On Wednesday, ahead of a performance scheduled for 4 p.m., the associations "Stand up for the planet" and "Tunisia Animals Voice" also carried out a joint action.

Sitting in multicolored water tubs, two activists protested against the conditions of detention of the hippopotamus of the Zavatta circus, Jumbo.


If you go to the circus today, you will be able to see Jumbo, a 3-tonne hippopotamus who has lived for 35 years in a metal dumpster

", denounced the two men, while a queue of about fifty people were forming at the entrance to the marquee.

Comments reported by a journalist from

Nice Matin

who followed the militant action.

“Any amalgamation is unwelcome and abusive when 80% of the commitments made to the prefect have been kept.


Yves Juhel, Mayor of Menton

In their defense, the Zavattas explain that the animals were not exhibited during circus acts but simply shown “

for educational purposes


“It would also be so that they can stretch their legs,”

abounds a municipal source.

A “


” according to Patrice Novelli.

The mayor of Menton wants to be more temperate.

Contacted, he explains:

“Any amalgamation is unwelcome and abusive when 80% of the commitments made to the prefect have been kept.

The director of the circus was received yesterday at the town hall to remind him of his obligations.

Now, and every day since their arrival, we make sure that the animals are well treated by asking for certificates from trainers and veterinarians.”

Read also“You are a shame for the animal condition!”

: in Nice, Estrosi protests against the illegal installation of the Zavatta circus

In the entourage of Yves Juhel, we are assured that there is

"no problem within the majority"

, despite the opposition of two of his deputies on the subject.

“Patrice Novelli called the mayor before posting his message on Facebook to inform him of his intention.

The mayor replied that he was doing what he wanted and that there was no problem”

, explains a relative.

“We were caught in the crossfire.

An association for the defense of the animal cause wanted to denounce the fact that the animals were going to perform under the marquee, and another that they remained in their cage 24 hours a day … ”, explains

the same source.

On February 27, the Zavattas had forcibly settled on land managed by the municipality of Nice and belonging to the public land establishment of Paca.

The starting point of a frontal opposition between the city councilor Christian Estrosi and those responsible for the circus.

The first castigating the second for being

"a disgrace to the animal cause".

And this one to treat the mayor

"a dictator",

accusing him again of committing

"a genocircus"


After a week of endless imbroglio, justice had finally decided.

The vice-president of the Nice judicial court, Solange Lebaile, had agreed with the mayor, acceding to his hourly summary requesting the expulsion of the city from the Zavatta circus.

The troop ended up setting sail on March 6 to reach the city of Menton, weighted with €2,000 for the damage suffered.

Source: lefigaro

All news articles on 2023-03-23

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