Eure-et-Loir: in Maintenon, parents will have to refrain from smoking!

It’s a classic sidewalk scene in front of thousands of schools in France. Late morning or late afternoon, parents get impatient while waiting for their offspring to come out of class. Some light up a cigarette out of habit and take a few puffs of tobacco while waiting to see their toddler. In Maintenon (Eure-et-Loir), this scene has disappeared. Since November 15, the mayor, Thomas Laforge, has issued an order prohibiting smoking on public property in front of the four nursery and elementary schools in the town.

“We have definitely stopped smoking in the restaurant!”

“Tobacco is a scourge and it must not be an example for children, justifies the city councilor. Even if we are outside, young people should not become passive smokers. Prohibition, therefore, of grilling one on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, in front of schools, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon, in the morning, and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. at 6 p.m., after class. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited. It’s clear and clear now, no smoker can now ignore this rule displayed on the grids. “We are achieving several hygiene and public health objectives. We have indeed stopped smoking in bars and restaurants, why not in front of schools”, loose the first magistrate, considering this decision “normal”, in accordance with the evolution of society. An identical measure has also been taken in a neighboring town, in Bouglainval.

In front of the Collin-d’Harleville school, the rule is unanimous with parents. 11:20 a.m., the first arrive in front of the school. “It’s embarrassing when people smoke, notes Harmonie, Loona and Sana’s mother. Some children are asthmatic. And then, there are cigarette butts everywhere…” Not far away, Giséla Pawlowski is also waiting for her daughter, in CM2. The student’s mother has something to do with this decision, she is also elected. “Parents smoke next to children, crush cigarette butts on the ground. It’s too much incivility, ”notes the smoker. “Wanting to smoke is one thing, but to intoxicate others is not. “A vision shared by Virginie and Jérémy, who are also expecting their daughter, Leihya.

11:32 a.m., the bell rang. The children go out. ” I think that it’s good. We are not allowed to smoke next to a child normally. I don’t like the smell of cigarettes, even though I’ve never seen people smoking in front of the school,” assures Noeline, in CM2. For his part, Mathéo Bessin, municipal policeman, has so far not imposed a fine of 68 euros. “We will do prevention first. It’s like parking. »

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