The famous patriotic mayor of the southwestern town of Beziers in France has announced the formation of a volunteer force to patrol the streets and help boost security while France remains in a national state of emergency.
Robert Menard, who the controlled media accused of turning Beziers into a “laboratory of the far-right,” said that former soldiers and police officers were joining his “Beziers Guard.”
“France is living through difficult times and it is in that context that I asked myself how we could reinforce security and help the local and national police,” Mayor Menard said.
Earlier this year, Mayor Menard also re-equipped the town’s police force with new 7.65-calibre handguns—after which he put up posters across the town reading “Police officers have a new friend.”
The poster appealing for volunteers to patrol the streets during the state of emergency, introduced after the ISIS attacks on Paris last month, features the town’s cathedral of Saint-Nazaire.
Menard, who is also the founder of the international journalists’ group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), demanded that the town’s mosques sign a charter to only preach in French.
He has also blocked new kebab shops in Beziers’ historic center.
The mayor, who said the first patrols would begin Thursday, has already imposed an 11:00 p.m. curfew on minors in the picturesque town and also banned laundry being hung from balconies.
The French government imposed a three-month state of emergency following the attacks on Paris. The measures include bans on public demonstrations.
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