ArmInfo. Mayor of Bourg-Les-Valence Marlene Mourier announced her intention to appeal to the judgment of the administrative court cancelling the friendship charter signed in October 2014 with Mayor of Shushi in Artsakh, she wrote about this on her Facebook page.
''I register in false face to the interpretation of the administrative court that has judged this illegal charter. I remain convinced of its compliance with the legal provisions and I announce that I will appeal to this judgment by leaning on the words held by the president of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, at the dinner of the ccaf of February 5th who had Assured that censorship of the state would not affect projects in educational and humanitarian areas that are yet the essential of the content of friendship charters.
Beyond the legal aspects, my moral commitment to the chouchinois remains intact. I went to chouchi several times and I was able to see the great hope that a manifestation of humanity and friendship is for populations that a hostile Azerbaijan wants to choke.
In Artsakh in chouchi where the francophonie and the francophilia are omnipresent, this decision is very badly felt and misunderstood. In France and in Bourg-Les-Valencia as in artsarkh and in chouchi, the links created between the bourcains and the inhabitants of chouchi are very strong''
Mayor of the French city of Arnouville Pascal Doll also announced his intention to appeal the French court's decision. He pointed at the fact that the French Constitution guarantees free governance to the local authorities and grants them numerous decentralized powers, including the right to carry out an international activity with the condition that this activity respects the international commitments of France. The declaration is a statement between the two peoples on establishing friendship in sports, culture, education and other areas. It in no way violates the powers of the executive leadership in the country's foreign policy field. It's surprising that a simple statement on friendship is subject to cancellation, especially when it has been made by a representative of the local body, in a country which is considered to be the leader in terms of freedom of speech. I also want to state that such a political and judicial fanaticism operates only against Artsakh", Pascal Doll summerized. To recall, at the end of May the administrative court of Cergy-Pontoise of the French Val-d'Oise department declared invalid the declaration of friendship between the French city of Arnouville and the Artsakh community of Scheher. The court of the city of Grenoble, decided to abolish four more charters of friendship, signed by representatives of Nagorno-Karabakh with settlements of France - the departments of Valence, Bourg-les-Valence, Bourg-de-Peage. The administrative court abolished the charter, guided by the arguments that they do not respect the international obligations of France and are contrary to the foreign policy of the country, which is the exclusive competence of the state. The Artsakh Foreign Ministry expressed regret with these actions of the judicial authorities of France.