REPORTAGE Built fifty years ago, the Obélisque tower threatens to collapse, according to several expert opinions commissioned by the Seine-Saint-Denis prefecture . Residents must vacate their apartment before Wednesday evening, with or without a relocation solution

 Seine-Saint-Denis & nbsp ;: & laquo; & nbsp; After fifty years, I am leaving with a bundle & nbsp; & raquo; & hellip; In Epinay, the last inhabitants of the Ob & eacute; lisque tower are turning their heels

Moving trucks in front of the west facade of the Obélisque tower in Epinay sur Seine, December 7, 2021. – Charles-Edouard Ama Koffi.

  • The inhabitants of the Obélisque tower of Epinay-sur-Seine learned a month ago that they had until December 8 to permanently vacate their accommodation.
  • According to the prefecture's accounts, 49 proposals for emergency accommodation were offered to 52 households without a solution, among the 103 in the building.
  • The State, via the Caisse des Dépôts, offered to buy the apartments from the owners. According to them at a ridiculous price.

In Epinay-sur-Seine,

Between two moving trucks and despite the mud hardened by the coolness of the morning, a mother makes her way this Tuesday morning to get out of the Ob & eacute; lisque Tower with her stroller. Like her, this is the life that escapes this tower of 32 floors and 164 housing units built in the early 1970s. prefecture, are busy taking the maximum of personal belongings of tenants who have been able to find a rehousing solution. The rest ends in the large dumpster parked just in front. & ldquo; & ldquo; This is all they cant keep and it’s going to end up. the trash, testifies one of the employees of the municipality. The locals are big on the potato. & Nbsp; & raquo;

 Seine-Saint-Denis & nbsp;: & laquo; & nbsp; After fifty years, I am leaving with a bundle & nbsp; & raquo; & hellip; In Epinay, the last inhabitants of the Ob & eacute; lisque tower are turning on their heels

Maryse, a resident of the Ob & eacute; lisque tower; Epinay-sur-Seine removes its personal effects, & agrave; the old woman of the forced evacuation of the building on December 8, 2021. – Charles-Edouard Ama Koffi.

& ldquo; & nbsp; This is the infernal tower & nbsp;! & nbsp; & raquo;

And for good reason, two prefectural decrees state a & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; serious and imminent & nbsp; & rsquo; of the building and a complete evacuation no later than December 8, that is, this Wednesday. The information has been received. transmitted to residents just a month ago. Their last resort having been rejection & oacute; by justice, they leave the premises with sometimes succinct emergency accommodation solutions. & ldquo; I will be staying at a hotel Asni & egrave; res (Hauts-de-Seine), explains one of the tenants of the 7th. I don't even remember the name anymore. done & agrave; the rush & nbsp; & raquo ;, explains this construction engineer & agrave; Malakoff (Hauts-de-Seine). Like him, Maryse, owner of an apartment since 1973, obtained an emergency accommodation solution. l & rsquo; tel Adagio, Porte de Clichy. Several bags & agrave; the hand and the rage in the belly, she does not know yet o & ugrave; she will be asleep in a month. & ldquo; I & rsquo; was told that I & rsquo; s going there until January 1st. And afterwards, they said they would see & hellip; Do you realize & nbsp;? & Nbsp; I have lived here for almost fifty years and I am leaving with a bundle.

By his side, Daouda, father of 4 children, has not yet had the precious message. & ldquo; I & rsquo; & rsquo; I & rsquo; I am still waiting for the SMS to offer us accommodation for my family and I & rsquo; he growls, brandishing his smartphone. & ldquo; Here is the infernal tower! & nbsp; There are still plenty of people left in the apartments, I don't see how they're going to be able to get everyone out of here! tomorrow evening. In any case, we stay. Do you want us to go where? & Nbsp; & raquo;

Contact & eacute; by 20 Minutes , Jacques Witkowski, the Prefect of Seine-Saint-Denis, & agrave; the work in the evacuation operation, seems to have been completed. & agrave; ensure that there are no residents left on Wednesday midnight. & ldquo; I am not acting on my own initiative but with a judicial report. We must evacuate with all humanity. possible, even if it is brutal and violent. This tower is no longer usable, it is no longer a matter of choice. & Nbsp; & raquo;

For its part, Herv & eacute; Chevreau, the city's centrist mayor, explains that he does not have control over this issue. & ldquo; & nbsp; It & rsquo; s the prefecture that deals with emergency accommodation, notably through the social samu. The city has no social housing. provision, we are only the relay between the inhabitants and the prefecture & raquo;, he assures.

 Seine-Saint-Denis & nbsp;: & laquo; & nbsp; After fifty years, I am leaving with a bundle & nbsp; & raquo; & hellip; In Epinay, the last inhabitants of the Ob & eacute; lisque tower are turning their heels

La Tour Ob & eacute; lisque & agrave; Epinay sur Seine. – Charles-Edouard Ama Koffi

& ldquo; & ldquo; We paid & eacute; 13,000 euros of works & nbsp; & raquo;

Sonia, owner who arrived in the tower thirty-one years ago, does not hide her anger. & ldquo; We pay 800 euros per month charge and we have recently paid again. 13,000 euros discount & agrave; level to fire standards. Who will reimburse us? & Nbsp; & raquo; According to her, despite; the debt of nearly 2 million euros from the condominium, the tower could still hold. & ldquo; The building is very solid and the state makes us leave by offering to buy our apartment for only 1,200 euros per square meter; while it is worth twice as much! & nbsp; & rsquo;

The offer of CDC Habitat, a subsidiary of the Caisse des Dépôts mandated by the prefecture, in fact offers prices well below market prices. The average price in the area is 2,577 euros, according to Top Agents. But CDC Habitat defends itself after 20 Minutes to want to do a financial transaction. & ldquo; In order to offer them a fair price, we have had estimates made by the Service des Domaines, a state body. The prices are in line with the sales made in this residence in recent years, says the organization. & Nbsp; The difficulties encountered for many years by this condominium is resulted in a sharp drop in transaction values. CDC Habitat does not carry out a capital gain transaction. & Nbsp; & raquo;

Beyond & agrave; furniture & agrave; throw away, remains the pets, whose fate is uncertain. & ldquo; I have a cat that had three cubs a few days ago. What will become of them & nbsp; ?, worries Sonia before apologizing. This is not the most important, there are mostly children left in the building. Make & ccedil; a & agrave; this period & hellip; We're not having Christmas this year, have they thought about it? & Nbsp; & rsquo; Jacques Witkowski admits this: & nbsp; this crisis is & ldquo; one of the most difficult & nbsp; & raquo; that he has ever had manage in his career as a senior official.