Whew! It's official, Santa Claus is officially allowed to work on the night of December 24 to 25 in Verneuil-sur-Seine. The mayor had just signed a municipal by-law allowing him to drive without any restrictions that evening. The man with the long white beard will be able to roam the streets of the town with his eight reindeer as he pleases. New Year's Eve is saved!
In article 1 of this decree, Fabien Aufrechter (Renaissance) authorises Santa Claus to fly over the town before placing presents at the foot of the trees. It will even be allowed to land on the roofs of buildings and homes. The only requirement is that the bearded man must, like everyone else, "respect the speed limits". The mayor did not say whether checks would be organised. Grinch and Père Fouettard, for their part, are forbidden to walk in the streets of Verneuil.
Finally, children are advised not to overload the reindeer's meal trays. This, in order to "avoid delays in the delivery" of gifts, the elected official details.
Signed on December 8, this humorous decree officially marks the final stretch before Christmas, which will be celebrated in less than two weeks. Everywhere in France, many mayors sign similar texts, always light, to "contribute to the general good mood for the end of year celebrations". Last year, the first mayor of a town near Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) officially authorised the sled to land on the airport's runways. And in Hauts-de-France, another had exceptionally allowed the crew to free themselves from speed limits in order to catch up with the "delay accumulated during Covid".