With the fear of a runaway, the fear of threats. The mayor of Romans-sur-Isère, a town near Crépol (Drôme), where young Thomas was stabbed to death at the end of a ball, announced on Thursday that she had filed a complaint after receiving death threats on Wednesday.
"I received a lot of support from the people of Romance," she told BFMTV. "On the other hand, as far as threats are concerned," "I received, yesterday morning, anonymous calls to the switchboard of the town hall with a message of intimidation, asking if I had a Kalashnikov at home, and if I had bodyguards," she testified.
💬 "I was expected to be beheaded"Marie-Hélène Thoraval, mayor of Romans-sur-Isère, recounts the death threats she has received pic.twitter.com/VpbqhlaHnW
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"It went up a notch in the afternoon": "I received a private message on Instagram saying that I was being beheaded", that "they would juggle with my skull, that all this would be done within a month", she continued, announcing that she had subsequently filed a complaint. "In these messages, I am referred to as a facho," she added.
Since the death of 16-year-old Thomas at the end of a ball in Crépol, the authorities have feared a runaway in violence with, in particular, the recuperation of the drama by the ultra-right who organized violent rallies this weekend.
The mayor denounced local delinquency
Shortly after the tragedy, the mayor of Romans-sur-Isère, Marie-Hélène Thoraval (DVD) called for people to "sit around the table and work differently (...) faced with a level of delinquency that calls for other forms of response" in Romans and other cities, considering that delinquency had "its roots in radicalization" and "drug trafficking".
She also denounced "a minority group that pollutes everyone's life" in Romans-sur-Isère, to which the perpetrators of the Crépol tragedy are said to belong. "There are about a hundred young people who are making a mess with an extremely tough group" in the La Monnaie district, she told BFMTV. A "particularly violent" group, she described.
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In addition to Thomas, who died after being stabbed, at least eight people were injured on the night of 18 to 19 November at the end of the "winter ball" in Crépol, in circumstances that are still unclear.
Nine young people, arrested in part in Toulouse where they had fled, were indicted on Saturday for "murder in an organised gang", a charge punishable by life in prison. Six of them, including two minors, were detained.