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TRIBUNAL ADMINISTRATIF DECISION AND REASONS: 12th August 2016

posted 31 Aug 2016, 14:28 by Chris Cox   [ updated 31 Aug 2016, 14:28 ]

The Prefecture's request to demolish the shops and restaurants was rejected on ALL COUNTS by the Tribunal Administratif in Lille. 

Reasons below:

-places of commerce have existed since April 2015

-lack of authorisation and sanitation worries are the same for all "lieux de vie" ie shelters, school and places of worship, there is no differentiation

-the places of business serve other important functions: places to meet, to charge phones, to accommodate new arrivals

-destroying them would aggravate tensions and endanger the wellbeing of residents and degrade their living conditions

The judge took on board arguments regarding long waiting lines for government run services and rising tensions due to them

The request to demolish was rejected on all counts.

The 195 testimonies collected (60% from residents, 40% from volunteers and associations) helped an enormous amount!