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In Bordeaux, no dead tree, but an all-glass Christmas tree

“We will not put dead trees in town squares (…) This is not at all our conception of revegetation. “This simple sentence, pronounced in September 2020 by the mayor EELV of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic, was enough to provoke an almost national outcry. The elected ecologist has yet put his words into action by deciding to install from December 11 a work of art 11 meters high, conical, glass and recycled steel in front of his town hall.

Buried the traditional giant Christmas tree which once stood in front of the town hall. When the elected official announced this choice last year, the reactions were epidermal. “Green nicknames are now attacking the Christmas tree,” had thus strangled Eric Ciotti, LR deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes. “When ideology and stupidity want to put an end to popular traditions”, had fulminated the former Socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

“Sectarian dogmatism”

“Aberration”, “sectarian dogmatism”, “destruction of our customs” … on the social network Twitter, the decision of the ecological town hall continues to bristle some. But the deputy mayor for nature in the city, Didier Jeanjean, defends the choice of this work with the false air of a fir tree: “Our goal is to keep the festive tradition alive. (of Christmas) by commissioning a magical work while asking people about certain ecological considerations. “

The town hall questions the ecological interest of bringing in a truck from a forest located in another department a cut fir that will end up … chopped into pieces. “The tree we are going to install was designed by local craftsmen from recycled materials,” emphasizes Didier Jeanjean. Its price will be quickly amortized since we can reuse it every year. “

If the uprooted Christmas trees will no longer have their place in the city, the town hall, on the other hand, claims to continue its policy of greening Bordeaux, with 1,600 trees planted this year. It has also launched an original initiative by asking residents who have a remarkable specimen in their garden to report it to the town hall so that it is “classified” in the local urban plan. “One hundred and eighty trees have already been, explains Didier Jeanjean. This ensures that the affected tree will not be cut down in the future by the new owner if the house is sold for example. “

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