Vandals painted the bust of General Charles de Gaulle with yellow paint in the city of Hautmont in northern France, Le Figaro writes on Monday.
“A few days before the celebrations of 18 June, at a time when we must remember that General de Gaulle led the resistance movement, vandalism against this statue in Hautmont is outrageous. This requires a serious response,” tweeted by Xavier Bertrand, President of the Council of the Doux-de-France region.
Quelques jours avant les commémorations de l’appel du #18juin, à l’heure où nous devons nous souvenir que le Général #DeGaulle a fait vivre la flamme de la résistance, la vandalisation de cette statue à Hautmont est scandaleuse. Cela appelle des sanctions fortes ! pic.twitter.com/jdtaMNU48b
— Xavier Bertrand (@xavierbertrand) June 15, 2020
A few days ago, another monument to de Gaulle was similarly damaged in the city of Le Pavillons-sous-Bois: the face of a French general was “yellowed”.
On Sunday, French President Emmanuelle Macron said in an address to the nation that France would not erase the “footprint” of its history and promised to prevent the relocation of monuments to historical figures from their familiar places.
In recent weeks, several dozen monuments around the world have suffered against the backdrop of anti-racist protests caused by the death of African American George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.