You have certainly seen them, they are starting to bloom everywhere. They are the posters of the various candidates for municipal elections. How is this regulated between scribbles, tears, wild snatching? The poster war has started .

For the time being, candidates are using free billboards to make themselves known, and certainly much less wild billboard than before, which is, let us remember, illegal. Panels, Morris columns or other, these supports are compulsory in each municipality, with areas imposed according to the number of inhabitants.

Soon the electoral panels

Aimed at associations and people wishing to place a non-profit announcement, these free billboards will give way to the very official electoral panels on March 2. It was on this date that the municipal election campaign began.


And there, the framework is much more strict. Each candidate list is assigned panels, theoretically prohibited from posting elsewhere. They are located next to voting places, with a number of locations again varying according to the population, ten for example for municipalities up to 5000 inhabitants. 

The lists have defined positions, according to the order of arrival of the candidates’ requests for the municipalities of less than 1000 inhabitants, of a draw for the most important cities.  

Degradation prohibited

Once the posters are pasted, it is out of the question – in theory – to degrade them in any way whatsoever. The ban dates from 1881, more precisely from the law on freedom of the press, which stipulates that “those who have removed, torn, covered or altered by any process, so as to disguise them or make them illegible, posters affixed by order of the Administration in the reserved spaces, will be punished with the fine provided for by the 3rd class tickets ”. Of humor? 

Today, the penalty is equivalent to a fine of € 450, provided, however, that a PV is drawn up by police or gendarme. This should not necessarily scare jokes and other actors in the poster war. 


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