The prosecution of Tarn-et-Garonne opened an investigation after death threats against the mayor of Septfonds.

The mayor, who has hosted several families of Yazidi refugees in his commune, an Iraqi minority persecuted by the Islamic State, has filed a complaint after threats on social networks. "The investigation, opened last week, was entrusted to the gendarmerie, "said the prosecutor.

On August 8, 31 Yazidi women and their children had landed in Toulouse as part of a reception program meeting the "commitment" made by Emmanuel Macron to Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize 2018, welcome in France 100 Yazidi families victims of crimes committed by the IS, according to the Ministry Foreign Affairs.

These families were taken care of in several communes of Haute-Vienne and Tarn-et-Garonne, in particular that of Septfonds.

Threats on social networks

Reacting to an article from La Dépêche du Midi published on social networks and describing the reception of a dozen Yazidi families in the village hall of Septfonds, a user commented: "I propose to go to the town hall of Septfonds today during the 'welcome demonstration' and to fuck them outside ... Then why not burn the mayor by the way ".

According to the newspaper, which publishes a screenshot of the comment, it was subsequently deleted. "The investigation has not yet identified the author of the comment," said the prosecutor.

Jacques Tabarly, mayor of the village of 2,240 inhabitants for 19 years, said to have complained, but ensures that no threat can shake his "determination to go to the end" of his commitment to welcome these families. And in the town, the reception of the population was also "very positive", according to him.

"It's nothing compared to all the abuses that these people have suffered"

"We are sometimes jostled, it does not please, (...) but it is nothing compared to all the abuses that these people have suffered" in their country, said the mayor.

In August 2014, according to the UN, the IS carried out a genocidal potential against the Kurdish-speaking minority who were followers of an esoteric monotheistic religion. Within days, the jihadists of the self-proclaimed "caliphate" had killed hundreds of men in the community, forcibly recruiting child soldiers and reducing thousands of women to sexual slavery.

Since December 2018, 75 Yazidi families have been hosted in France.