The tension has gone up a notch again, in the village of Murat-sur-Vèbre (Tarn).

On Saturday, the mayor of this town of 840 inhabitants located in the Monts de Lacaune, found a death threat tag in front of his home.

“Vidal is dying” was it written, reports

La Dépêche du Midi


Daniel Vidal has been under threat for weeks, on social networks in particular, because of a water exploration drilling project, carried out by the multinational Danone on the perimeter of the town, and which is causing a lively controversy.

The prefect of Tarn quickly supported the mayor of Murat-sur-Vèbre, indicating that these threats were “unacceptable.


I strongly denounce the threats of which the mayor of Murat-sur-Vebre is a victim.

They are unacceptable in our Republic.

I reaffirm all my support to him and his loved ones.

The gendarmerie is mobilized under the authority of the Prosecutor who is personally following this case.

- Prefect of Tarn (@prefet81) October 1, 2022

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Groundwater catchment project for the La Salvetat plant

The Evian Mineral Water Company (Saeme), owned by Danone, exploits and markets water from the La Salvetat spring, in the town of La Salvetat-sur-Agout (Hérault), about twenty kilometers from Murat.

Since March, the industrialist has been carrying out reconnaissance drilling of the groundwater supplying a spring located in Murat-sur-Vèbre, whose characteristics could be close to those of La Salvetat, reports

Le Monde


A project denounced by several inhabitants and farmers, who fear in particular an attack on water resources.

In June, they founded the Montalet Water Defense Collective.

Daniel Vidal dwells on his side that he is neither the initiative nor the decision-maker in this file.

Contacted by

La Dépêche du Midi

, the elected official, who will file a complaint on Monday, explains that "some understand that this project is only at the study stage, authorized by the State, and others do not want to understand and make shortcuts aimed at me”.

In the meantime, the chosen one was forced to change his phone number.


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