Surprise duel for the presidency of the Association of mayors of France

The fable of” unity “ of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) will have fizzled out. Wednesday August 25, by a press release co-signed by its current president, François Baroin, mayor (Les Républicains, LR) of Troyes, its first deputy vice-president, André Laignel, mayor (Socialist Party, PS) of Issoudun (Indre), and its vice-president, David Lisnard, mayor (various right) of Cannes, the powerful association of elected officials announced the ” handover “ to the latter, who would continue to work in tandem with Mr. Laignel. Clearly, Mr. Baroin, who does not intend to seek a new mandate, had chosen his successor and the “ticket” which will allow “The representation of all political sensitivities”. “The unity of the AMF is its most valuable asset: everything will be done so that each mayor feels fully represented at all times”, concluded the press release.

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The case seemed settled like music paper. All that remained for the electoral commission, which will meet on September 9, was to validate the candidacies, the results of the vote – which was announced as a mere formality – to be proclaimed at the AMF congress, which will be held from November 16 to 18 at the Parc des expositions de Paris. A “prince’s choice” that made his teeth grind. “And since when have AMF members not been consulted on their future president? The AMF must be a place of exchanges and proposals at the service of the mayors of France and their citizens. Not a launching pad. We want calm, not the storm ”, reacted, on Twitter, the mayor (various right) of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines), Arnaud Péricard.

Thursday August 26, Philippe Laurent, general secretary of the association for seven years and chairman of its finance committee as well as of the Superior Council of the territorial public service, declared himself, by a press release, candidate for the presidency. “My candidacy is in line with previous presidents, including Jean-Paul Delevoye, Daniel Hoeffel, Jacques Pélissard and François Baroin, with whom I have worked closely for twenty years. It is part of the respect for pluralisms and the permanent search for unity which has always prevailed within the AMF ”, explains the mayor (Union of Democrats and Independents, UDI) of Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine).

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