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Mayors must face a central question: “the power to act”.
They are at the heart of public action. Mostly unknown, voluntary or almost, these women and men give their time to others; for their administrators. Promoted by David Lisnard, Mayor of Cannes and President of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), they are currently holding their major annual fair, the Porte de Versailles.
“Our ancestors the Gauls”. History surprises us with its reminiscences. Observing the long cohort of mayors busy entering the strange exhibition hall of the Porte de Versailles brings back a slight memory of the old Gallic assemblies where the local leaders met once a year under the canopy of the Carnutes- the forest.
Emmanuel Macron chooses the strategy of avoidance
The largest association of elected representatives in the world, AMF, gathers many of its members in the large concrete hall on the 15th.e district. A tradition that has spirit and soul. Depending on the year and the political unrest, the president or prime minister is invited to speak there. This year, while inflation – and the terrible increase in the electricity bill – is added to the usual accounting disputes between the state and the municipalities, it is Elisabeth Borne who is sent to meet the elected representatives. Emmanuel Macron, now retired early from politics, settled for a “presidential walk” (said l’Élysée) in the bays of the living room… Some city officials, the most docile, were even invited to an aperitif at the Élysée. Monsignor is definitely too good.
Between the buckles, Gérard Larcher, the powerful president of the Senateonce again won the bonhomme member award. Bruno Retaileau and Éric Ciotti, the two competitors for LR, appeared smiling and toned. A program of conferences, of very high quality, made it possible to combine the useful with the pleasant. The star of ecology, Jean-Marc Jancovici, thus pointed the tip of his nose with the much noted attention of Carole Delga, valiant president of the Occitanie region.
David Lisnard is committed to local freedoms
This great meeting of the mayors of France, since last year, has been held under the authority of David Lisnard. France’s first mayor, the Cannes councilor (re-elected with 88.1% of the vote… in the first round) was able to make his mark on an appointment that, until his arrival, lacked a bit of energy.
This preacher of liberal ideas, defender of culture and good citizenship, placed these meetings under the theme of “power to act.” Restore agency to the French in the face of bureaucratic inflation… Mayors, like businesses, all too often complain, and rightly so, about a strict administration focused on its inertia. We must kill this gnawing evil. Frederic Masqueliermayor of Saint-Raphaël in the Var, has also distinguished himself with his work with the title bureaucratic dictatorship.
Defend our small towns
Mayors require the greatest attention. 1 o’clockeh January 2020, our country had 34,968 municipalities, a constantly decreasing number. The state is pushing the smallest cities in the country to merge into entities that are increasingly distant from local reality. At the same time, the communities of the municipalities, which the French do not like, increasingly eat away at skills. Some Parisian heads believe that our small towns are a burden that should be abolished – following the model of other European countries. The sad symbol of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises (Haute-Marne), now reduced to the humiliating status of “delegated commune”, can only raise questions. The municipality, the basic cell of democracy, must be fiercely defended in its traditional model, a guarantee of the durability of the connection, especially in rural areas. If France is the country of 1,200 cheeses, it is also the country of 35,000 communes!
ERB’s curious eyes
Christophe Béchu severely reprimanded by Macron • The Minister of Ecology has not succeeded in his transition. The general opinion is that the former mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu, does not print. Both his words and his actions leave much to be desired. On Wednesday 23 November, he gave a boring account of the “Action Coeur de Ville” apparatus in the Council of Ministers. Emmanuel Macron stared him in the eyes: “What we are doing does not work at all. We give a lot of money to local communities and we do not know what happens with this money”. Crazy dough. The minister resumes, emphasized… And Macron interrupts him again: “Minister, I tell you, postponement is not an option”. Christophe Béchu is warned: either he will recover or he will probably take the door at the next reshuffle. It would be only the sixth minister of ecology in the Macron era!
Anne Hidalgo drags Gabriel Attal to court • “It’s not even true, judge! “Touched by the accusations of the Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, who compared the Parisian budget of France Inter “to the Ponzi pyramid”, Anne Hidalgo decided to attack the young petitioner in court. If, according to the common opinion, the town hall of Paris is not a place that promotes burn out – there are not many people after 5.30 pm – the City Hall’s legal department is working at full capacity. Since she came to power, Anne Hidalgo has attacked (non-exhaustively read): the European Commission, the Fox News channel, NKM, Ricard, CGT, a banner, crack…