Christian Leclerc

Revealed: mayor who refused baby burial has history of anti-Roma sentiment


Christian Leclerc, the mayor of Champlan near Paris who provoked a media storm last weekend when he refused to allow a Roma baby to be buried in his town, has form when it comes to antipathy towards the community. Since the controversy Leclerc has sought to portray himself as a victim of the media and political opponents and claims he has been misrepresented. But Mediapart has got hold of a recording of a recent council meeting in which the mayor denigrated the Roma people in his area. He also wrote a letter to local residents in which he fuelled their fears over a suspected case of tuberculosis. Carine Fouteau and Ellen Salvi report.

Roma baby to be buried in France as inquiry launched

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Mayor of Champlan denies refusing to bury baby but apologises as saga continues to spark row and child is buried in nearby town.

French mayor refuses to bury dead Roma baby

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Right-wing mayor of Champlan near Paris provoked outrage for blocking burial of the baby, who will now be laid to rest in neighbouring town.