The grave had been vandalized in 2007 …
A new act of degradation that comes on the eve of the 66th anniversary of the death of Maréchal Pétain. The tomb of Philippe Pétain was vandalized on the Ile d’Yeu (Vendée) on the night of Friday to Saturday, do we learned from the gendarmerie.
The Île d’Yeu gendarmerie and the firefighters were called at 4am by a witness who reported their fire in a garbage container in the cemetery of Port-Joinville. The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters intervened before the fire from spreading to nearby trees.
On the spot, the police found that the garbage container fire was on the grave of Maréchal Pétain, the cross had been broken. Letters have also been written on the tombstone, but the police do not know their meaning. The investigation was entrusted to the gendarmerie of the Ile d’Yeu.
On the eve of 66 years of the death of Petain
In 2007, the tomb of Maréchal Pétain had been vandalized. At the time, the white cross had also been broken and the contents of a trash spilled on the grave. “It happens occasionally that the tomb is covered and some people flip things over, said Sylvie Groc, 1st deputy mayor. It avoids the noise abroad not to give bad ideas. We are now forced to close the cemetery at night with a key. ”
According to Michel Charruau, 2nd Deputy Mayor who visited the site in the late afternoon, “municipal services responded quickly and cleaned the grave is as before.”He further added “not having found of broken cross on the grave.”
Philippe Pétain died July 23, 1951 in Port-Joinville, at the age of 95 years. Sentenced to death after the war he had had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment by General de Gaulle.