Maximilien Veyssière, 30, illusionist. Veyssière, the treasurer of the association that organised the festival – the 'Frangins Frendleyks' – wanted to continue the festive tradition of villages neighbouring the historic site with a musical and artistic event combining circus, theatre, live music and DJ music. It was in no way intended to be a 'rave party' as some in authority had claimed.
Veyssière is due to appear in court at Auxerre, north of Vézelay, on February 5th on charges of:
- Carrying out works on a UNESCO classified site without informing the authorities. (In fact these works consisted of two holes, 2 metres by 1.5 metres and 30 centimetres deep that were intended to be under the dry toilets and which would have been filled in after the event – a practice generally considered to be environmentally sound.)
- Camping in an area that is classified and protected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO without permission from the prefecture.
- The organisation of a musical event with amplified music despite a ban by the prefecture.
Illusionist in court over village festival held near French World Heritage site