The Prefets do not like unilateral declarations of intent to do something 'good' or decent or just plain common sense. It won't do at all.
After Chernobyl, the Prefet where I lived declared that there was no radiation problem in France and none had crossed the borders. This was not true.
Like there was no Mad Cow disease in France either..... although locally, one may have seen the very odd report about it.
Surely you are used to french ways Wooly and the hierarchy that must be blindly obeyed