After a lively controversy, the fresco at the entrance to Avignon will be covered. According to the Grand Avignon, it is at theinsistence of the prefect that the image of Emmanuel Macron as a puppet manipulated by Jacques Attali will be covered.
Initially, Greater Avignon and the city of Avignon considered that “everyone could interpret the image as they wanted since there are no words on this wall”. Grand Avignon and the city said “to want to respect freedom of expression”.
“Good big anti-Semitic and conspiratorial graf.” – A user
Jacques Attali, adviser to several Presidents of the Republic, is reputed to be close to Emmanuel Macron. The work represents him with a worrying gaze, his hands above the puppet of the president that he manipulates. At the foot of the building, the work is titled: “La Bête 2”. The image ignited social media. A internet user is surprised at this “good fat conspiratorial anti-Semitic graf”. Another talks about “foul message that needs to be erased as quickly as possible”.
Internet users say “bravo to the artist”
The fachosphere and accounts linked to the far right or the yellow vests relay the image saying “kudos to the artist”. The artist Lekto has already painted the Minister of Health surrounded by syringes, and magnified the yellow vests on this same building. The Jewish Defense League explains that all anti-Semitic symbols are present: “The Jewish and influential personality (here Jacques Attali), the worrying gaze and the hands that operate puppets to make people understand that Jews rule the world.”
Grand Avignon wanted to preserve freedom of expression
the american jewish committee asked that this painting be erased. Before changing its mind at the end of the morning, the town hall of Avignon had asked Grand Avignon, owner of the building. . Grand Avignon and the city of Avignon estimated on Thursday that “everyone can interpret the image as he wants since there are no words on this wall”. Grand Avignon and the city said “to want to respect freedom of expression”.