Robert Ménard, the "populist" mayor of Béziers in France, has been told by a court to permanently remove a nativity scene from city hall, but Ménard has vowed that "We will never yield on our culture!”
Breitbart reports that the controversy surrounding the nativity scene began in 2014 shortly after Ménard had been elected mayor of the city. This sparked complaints that the creche violated strict secularization laws in France, and so the administrative court of appeal of Marseille judged that the 2014 nativity did not belong in city hall.
Nonetheless, Ménard went on to put up nativity scenes in 2015 and 2016 as well, and plans to have one this year, too.
Breitbart notes that "A judgement from 2016 stated that nativity scenes were allowed in public buildings if 'special circumstances show that the installation is of a cultural, artistic or festive nature.' Since 2015, the nativity has been accompanied by a large Christmas tree as well as a letterbox for children to post letters to Father Christmas."
On Twitter, Ménard commented on the court’s decision: “They will try to ban our
#crèche of 2017, 2018 and up to 2030. We will never yield on our culture!”
Ménard also wrote a column for his former magazine Boulevard Voltaire in which he said, “I am respectful of secularism, but an open, tolerant secularism that does not consist in chasing down what we are and denying our history.”
Earlier this year Ménard, who is supported by the populist Front National, was fined 2,000 euros simply because he mentioned the demographic changes in local schools.
“In a class in the city centre of my town, 91 per cent of the children are Muslims,” he said. "Obviously, this is a problem. There are limits to tolerance." Indeed there should be, but the Progressive elites don't allow this to be said about Muslim migrants.
Ménard also referred to the “Great Replacement,” a term for rapid, large-scale demographic changes which was coined by French author Renaud Camus.