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La communauté gitane de Perpignan outrée après un dossier du Petit Journal Catalan

jeudi 20 août 2015 à 10:46 Par Cyrille Manière, France Bleu Roussillon

"À quoi servent les gitans de Perpignan ?" Le petit journal catalan n'a pas fait dans la délicatesse pour revenir sur les émeutes de mai 2005 à Perpignan. Un titre de Une et un article qui ont choqué la communauté gitane de Perpignan.

La réaction de la communauté gitane de Perpignan après le dossier du Petit Journal
La réaction de la communauté gitane de Perpignan après le dossier du Petit Journal © Radio France - Cyrille Manière

Le Petit Journal catalan voulait certainement relancer son activité en faisant le buzz. Un titre volontairement provoquant, un dossier choc : "À quoi servent les gitans de Perpignan ?"' Oui, le Petit Journal fait parler de lui, mais pas sûr que la publicité, à l'arrivée, soit du meilleur effet. La communauté gitane, en tout cas, est outrée .

Gitans / Petit Journal

Les responsables d'associations ou simples membres de la communauté avaient été sollicités dès la parution du journal par France Bleu Roussillon. À chaud, personne ne voulait réagir : "À chaud, je me serais certainement emporté , explique le pasteur Marc Baptiste.

Il fallait lire et relire l'article, en parler entre nous. On hésitait aussi, car on ne voulait pas faire de la publicité au journal, mais d'un autre côté ne rien dire aurait été trop grave . On ne peut pas laisser ces écrits sans réponse ". Le sentiment est largement partagé par tous.

"Moi, je me demande plutôt ce que peuvent apporter les gitans à Perpignan".

Autour de la table, des responsables d'associations, un pasteur, un avocat, des gitans de Perpignan, fiers de leurs racines et fiers d'être français, disent-ils tous. "Cet article est une atteinte à nos principes , lance la gorge serrée Ramounet Valls.

On nous prend pour qui ? On ne va pas nous comparer à des abeilles, on peut poser la question de savoir à quoi servent les abeilles dans l'écosystème. On ne pose pas la question pour un être humain ".

Ramounet Valls

L'article est passé en revue, dans le détail. Tout est une succession de clichés sur la communauté. Claude Reyes s'occupe de l'association Cambiem : "À quoi servent les gitans de Perpignan ? Quelque part, je me suis déjà posé cette question, mais pas de cette manière ! Moi, je me demande plutôt ce que peuvent apporter les Gitans à Perpignan . "

À cette question, Joseph Soler, vice-président de Gitans de France, très touché par cette affaire répond en murmurant : "beaucoup de choses... ".

Claude Reyes : \"on se bat pour faire des choses bien\"

Claude Reyes reprend : "on apporte justement plein de choses et on peut en apporter d'autres, ça a été le fruit de beaucoup de travail. On peut apporter notre musique, une école de flamenco, j'en passe. C'est notre culture et aujourd'hui, ça plaît !

On peut le voir avec Kendji, les gens l'aiment en France et personne ne dit que c'est un voleur d'allocations. Il y a beaucoup de travail à faire encore et on cherche à le faire, mais quand on tombe sur des articles et des gens comme ça, c'est difficile pour nous de remonter ".

"Quand on veut relancer un journal, il faut de la provocation".

Quelles suites donner désormais ? Des associations vont porter plainte. Le pasteur Marc Baptiste est déterminé : "on ne peut pas faire autrement et laisser dire n'importe quoi, je ne peux pas dormir avec ça sur la conscience ". Jean-David Rey, président des gitans de France, hésite encore : "on a bon coeur les gitans donc je ne sais pas encore si je vais porter plainte .

Ce vendredi, on va rencontrer l'auteur de ce torchon et il va nous expliquer pourquoi il a écrit ça. Lui, ne nous a pas laissé l'opportunité de nous expliquer, mais nous oui ".

Jean-David Rey hésite à porter plainte

De son côté, la Ligue des Droits de l'Homme accompagnera les plaignants , car pour Agnès Gaudron, la responsable dans le 66 : "il y a bien diffamation et incitation à la haine dans cet article ".

Agnès Gaudron : \"il y a diffamation et incitation à la haine\"

Pourquoi le Petit journal a-t-il fait ça ? Très rapidement après la parution du dossier, un communiqué était publié sur le compte facebook du journal. La tension est forte depuis plusieurs mois. Les journalistes sont en grève et l'édition est pilotée depuis Montauban.

Le Directeur Alain Paga restait injoignable après avoir déclaré à France 3 Midi-Pyrénées : "Ils ne peuvent pas être en grève, ils ne sont pas salariés ! Nous n’avons pas les moyens d’embaucher des journalistes et nous ne travaillons qu’avec des correspondants". Belle ambiance.

FX Pujol

De leur côté, les anciens (ou non) salariés du petit journal sont outrés et le font savoir par la voix de François-Xavier Pujol de Salas : "nous ne nous reconnaissons pas du tout dans cet article. On faisait un journal ouvert à toutes les expressions, là, on s'oriente vers des titres à scandales".

Le compte facebook du Petit Journal  - Aucun(e)
Le compte facebook du Petit Journal

Toujours pour France 3 Midi-Pyrénées, Alain Paga peinait à se justifier de ce dossier sur la communauté gitane : " Je ne m’occupe pas des titres, je ne regarde même pas les unes. C’est le correspondant sur place qui l’a senti comme ça. Nous sommes un journal dans lequel souffle un air de liberté. Et puis vous savez, quand on veut relancer un journal, il faut un peu de provocation !"

À lire aussi : la réponse d'Alain Paga, le Directeur du Petit Journal sur le site de France 3

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