“This place is our domicile as well as our main residence. As occupants of the building, we are protected by law. To act outside the procedural framework is to violate the principles of French law, the inviolability of the domicile. according to article 432-8 of the Penal Code “. This is what you can read on a word posted on the grid of a house in the popular Izards district, in Toulouse. As the report Toulouse news, this house, in the process of being sold, is that of an octogenarian, but it has been squatted for about a week. The word displayed on the grid is signed “residents”, numbering 20 to 30, according to information from the local news site.
According to these residents, it is impossible to expel them “without an enforceable court decision”. They took over the building on October 19, according to La Dépêche du Midi, after having broken into it. The owner, 84, lives in another house not far away. With Actu Toulouse, her daughter testifies to the “nightmare” that her father is experiencing. “My daddy lives next door. He went to look around, they saw him and now, when he walks past to get his bread, They taunt him by saying hello and company! “, she laments. The owner of the premises has filed a complaint especially as it would not be the first time that his house has been squatted. In three years, says his daughter, this would be the third recurrence.
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“Three years ago, they were Afghans and two years ago, they were Romanians. Each time, the police had quickly dislodged them”, explains the octogenarian’s daughter to Actu Toulouse. This time it would be, according to the police, individuals from the “ultra-left”. From the media, a police source specifies that agents went to the scene but could not “expel the individuals with regard to the regulations in force. We are awaiting instructions from the prefecture”.
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For the octogenarian and his family, the stakes are not low. This property has been inhabited for five years now, and is in the process of being sold to a real estate developer who wishes to demolish it in order to set up a residence. A long process because the town hall of Toulouse would have refused on several occasions the construction projects before finally granting the developer a building permit. “I have two months to fire the squatters otherwise we will have lost everything. Because the promoter told me clearly: if they did not leave, they will give up,” explains the octogenarian’s daughter. For the latter, the idea of seeing his house disappear is already hard to swallow, but this new invasion is one mishap too many.
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