We posted briefly yesterday about the mayor of a French town who was “involuntarily confined” because of his public expressions of anti-Islamic sentiment. The following articles, which were originally published at Vlad Tepes in a slightly different form, provide a more detailed account. Many thanks to Sassy for the translations from AFP and Figaro.
Robert Chardon was hospitalized under the involuntary confinement provision.
Involuntary confinement applies to psychiatric issues as per French law (How French administration explains the involuntary confinement)
Robert Chardon was forcibly confined to hospital this Friday as per a third party request for reason of ‘incoherence of his statements’
Robert Chardon, the (Bouches-du-Rhône) UMP mayor who tweeted many times that Islam must be banned in France, was forcibly hospitalized this Friday.
Hospitalization was requested by someone close to him for reasons of ‘incoherent statements’. Robert Chardon, who is in cancer treatment, confirmed his statements and assured everyone his Twitter account had not been hacked.
To say the least, the UMP vice-president (Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet) says that “she requested an ‘exclusion provision’” for his absurd statements which do not reflect in any way UMP values.
Nicolas Sarkozy also reacted through tweets on his Twitter account. He “condemns this proposal” from the mayor of the borough with a population of 8,000.
According to Robert Chardon, “anyone that practises Islam must be immediately returned to the border”. He is asking for an amendment to the Constitution to achieve his goal: “I am asking to abolish the legislation of 1905 and to proclaim the Republic favors Christian values.”
He wants to be a candidate for the regional and presidential elections.
Should the UMP party expel him, he says he will “set up a new party”.
Involuntary hospitalisation confinement
“I risk exclusion”, Robert Chardon acknowledges to AFP (Agence France Presse). “Should this be the case, I will set up a new political party,” confirms the elected official who wants to be a candidate for the regional and presidential elections.
As per AFP who cites a source close to Robert Chardon, he had been treated for some months for cancer and was forcibly hospitalised this Friday afternoon. This hospitalisation request was issued by “a third party as a result of his incoherent statements”.
Mr. Serge Gouteyron — Deputy Prefect of Aix — replied to La Provence that “Mr. Chardon was hospitalised as a consequence of his disease and no legal procedure was undertaken for forcible confinement in a psychiatric facility,” as stated by AFP. Contacted by Scan, the sub-prefect confirms this version of the story.
In a press release (communiqué), Robert Chardon’s First Deputy — Patricia Saez — assures everyone that Robert Chardon’s tweets “are clearly the result of his precarious health situation since the past few months. They do not reflect in any way Robert Chardon’s past opinions,” it is stated.
The First Deputy Mayor confirms that “the town is looking into all possible solutions to be implemented to end this situation while working with competent authorities to resolve the matter.”
On social media, Robert Chardon to the President of the Party: “The cult of Islam must be banned in France”. Before renewing his tweets re the ban, he sent it out to media such as BFM-TV or iTélé (translator’s note: both pro-Islam media).
“Offenders will take either the boat or the plane”
Called upon by many outraged Tweeters, the UMP mayor details his proposal. His wish is to amend the Constitution to prohibit the Islamic cult. “I abolish the 1905 Law and proclaim the Republic favors the practice of the Christian faith,” he adds.
Robert Chardon doesn’t hesitate to compare the situation to Louis XIV, who forbade Protestantism: “332 years after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV, it is time for forbid Islam in France” — he writes as he explains that “our culture is Judeo-Christian. Those who contravene will leave either by boat or by plane […]. Islam is fine in the Maghreb”, he says.
A process of exclusion
This is not Robert Chardon’s first attempt at this. On Facebook, he’s been posting Islamophobic videos and messages since the past few days. Such as this image of the French flag with the message “Protect yourselves. Adopt a pig”.
The local opposition reacted promptly by requesting destitution of the elected official.