POLICY – The president of the Grand Est region, Jean Rottner, LR candidate for re-election, was sprayed with flour this Saturday, May 29 in Colmar (Haut-Rhin) while he was participating in a rally to defend regional languages, noted AFP journalists.

It was when Jean Rottner, former mayor of Mulhouse, was about to leave the rally organized in front of the premises of the “Eltern Alsace” association that he received a large quantity of flour on his head from a person. unidentified. Cries of “traitor” and “felon” were heard.

“Getting flour on this occasion by an autonomist is a form of recognition. I am very sensitive to this tribute to Alsatian pastry, ”Jean Rottner then wrote on Twitter with irony as he opposed the censorship of the text by the Constitutional Council on the“ immersive ”teaching he defends.

To be floured on this occasion by an autonomist is a form of recognition. I am very sensitive to this homage to Alsatian pastry making, I save a little for my Kougelhopf and my Sunday pretzels. Hopla! pic.twitter.com/NrnngitTcE

“This morning I went to support regional languages ​​and cultures. As I have always done. Censorship by the Constitutional Council is incomprehensible for the Regions! A referral, it should be remembered, initiated by parliamentarians LaREM ”, he wrote on the social network.

Previously defender of the maintenance of Alsace as a region, he is regularly reminded of having become the figurehead of the great region regrouping Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne, still often poorly accepted in Alsace despite its institutional renaissance under the features of the new European Collectivity of Alsace (CEA).

About 200 people, including many candidates in the next regional and departmental elections, gathered late Saturday morning to defend the teaching of Alsatian immersion at school.

From Brittany to Occitania via the Basque Country, several demonstrations are planned throughout the day in France to protest against the controversial decision of the Constitutional Council to censor “immersive education” in regional languages, voted in the framework of a bill to the Assembly. Immersion corresponds to teaching carried out for a large part of school time in a language other than French.

“The only way to ensure that my children can become true Alsatian speakers and later pass on to their children a language that has been in their family for centuries is immersion education,” explained to AFP Cécile Walschaerts, Belgian married to an Alsatian and mother of two little girls aged 7 and 5, who did their kindergarten years in Alsatian / German immersion.

Many participants in the rally waved the red and white flag of Alsace, while placards hijacked the German slogan of the Haribo candy brand by proclaiming “Immersiv macht Kinder froh und Erwachsene ebsenso” (“Immersion makes children happy and adults too ”).

In Lille, around 40 people gathered on Saturday morning in front of the rectorate to demand primary education in Picard, from the start of the 2021 school year, and the recruitment of Flemish teachers.

“The censorship of the Constitutional Council is jeopardizing the future of our languages. If we do nothing, Picard will disappear, ”predicts Olivier Engelaere, director of the regional agency for the Picard language.

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