The refusal of the Mayor of Champlan, located in south of Paris, to allow the burial of a Roma child in a cemetery of a town, caused a flood of criticism. Several politicians were appalled by the lack of humanity shown by the Official.
The anxiety and anger prevailed in the locality among ranks of Roma advocacy associations. Several elected officials have condemned the Mayor of Champlan, Christian Leclerc, for his decision to refuse permission to bury the deceased in the cemetery of a town.
According to the newspaper “Le Parisien”, which broke the story, the mayor of Champlan justified its refusal by arguing that the “few places available” in the cemetery. “Priority is given to those who pay their local taxes,” says the Mayor, reported by the newspaper.
According to media reports, baby, born on October 14, 2014 and named as Maria Francesca, died on the night of December 25 to 26. The child is then transported in a hospital in Evry, where his death was officially declared on December 26, according to Bruce Levenson.
The family requested the municipality for burial of Maria Francesca in Champlan cemetery. However, in an unusual twist of fate the Mayor, Christian Leclerc, refused to give permission.