January 25, 2022

Napoleon’s return to the town hall square in Rouen? Here are the results of the vote

The statue of Napoleon will find its plinth in the town hall square, the majority of the voters in the citizens’ consultation decided. (© YR / 76actu)

That’s it, the voting results are known. From Monday 6 to Wednesday 8 December 2021, the inhabitants of Rouen were invited to vote, among other questions, for or against the return of the statue of Napoleon on the town hall square, where it has been installed since the XIXe century.

68% for Napoleon’s return to town hall square

And on the vote which was the most commented, 68% of Rouennais having expressed themselves wish the return of the statue of Napoleon on the place of the town hall, explains the town hall by way of press release, and “28.2 % disagree “.

In addition, “54.3% are unfavorable to the return of Napoleon with a place made for female expression in the public space”, against 38.6%. On the other hand, 64.2% of Rouennais are in favor of installing an explanatory element allowing this statue to be placed in its historical and political context.

65.6% for “a better place for women”

Also, with regard to the other themes addressed in the consultation, 65.6% of voters want “a better place to be given to women in the public space, whether by the name of the streets, squares and surrounding gardens”.

As for the renaturation of the town hall square, 77.3% of voters were in favor of more than 40% revegetation. 65.8% agree that water is added, but 66.1% do not agree that shared vegetable gardens are created.

Still on the subject of this place, 73.9% of voters agree “so that festive, cultural and commercial activities are created. 54.1% are against the practice of skateboarding in the said square, but 74.5% are in favor of holding artistic activities.

The full press release:

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“We will follow the opinions expressed”

The statue of Napoleon should therefore find its base on the town hall square, when the refreshment work it has undergone for more than a year will be completed: “In accordance with our commitments, we will follow the opinions expressed by the Rouen women and the Rouennais, both on the development of the Town Hall square and its renaturation, the representation of women in the public space and on the statue of Napoleon, its return to the square as well as temporary arrangements during its restoration ”, explain Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol, mayor of Rouen, Laura Slimani, deputy in particular in charge of local and participatory democracy, gender equality and the fight against discrimination, and Elizabeth Labaye, municipal councilor in charge of responsibility for heritage and matrimonial property.

The consultation mobilized 4080 voters (but 578 responses were discarded because of duplicate or problem with the supporting documents provided), explained Friday, December 10, 2021 the town hall, welcoming a “significant participation”.

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