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Near Lyon, the canteen of a school targeted by trash fires after the arrest of a boss


The arrest of the leader of a gang would have led his acolytes to set fire to garbage cans, the flames of which made the canteen of the Alagniers school unusable, according to the mayor of the town.

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“Nothing will undermine the state's determination to fight crime”


The prefect of the Rhône, Fabienne Buccio, condemned the degradations committed this Sunday in Rillieux-la-Pape, in the northern suburbs of Lyon, where the flames of burnt garbage cans spread to the canteen of the Alagniers school.

Two vans and around twenty firefighters intervened, rue Boileau, around 6:30 p.m., in the 200 m2 building adjoining the school.

The mayor of the town, Julien Smati (LR), assures that these degradations follow the arrest of a young man, a little earlier in the afternoon, in this district classified as a priority for city policy. .

"He's the leader of a well-identified band of thugs in the neighborhood, and as the leader was caught, the band reacted,"

comments the city councilor to Le



Rubbish bins were piled up against the school and set on fire, the fire spreading to the interior of the canteen.

The mast supporting a surveillance camera was also sawn with a grinder.

“This extremely effective camera greatly annoyed these thugs

, according to the city councilor.

But attacking a school is much more serious, it is attacking children and the Republic.

Cold meals for children

If the canteen building was relatively spared, the smoke left traces of soot, especially in the kitchen, leaving it unusable.

This Monday, the children received cold meals.

The next few days, they will go to lunch in the canteens of other schools.

Repairs should take several weeks.

We are in one of the poorest neighborhoods in France, where the median income is 8,000 euros per year

, deplores Julien Smati.

The canteen is sometimes the only place to find a balanced meal for these families


An individual was arrested on Sunday, while the national police investigation continues.

The municipality provided the images shot by its network of video surveillance cameras.

Source: lefigaro

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