an assistant to Gaël Perdriau resigns

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Samy Kéfi-Jérôme, one of the deputies of the LR mayor of Saint-Etienne implicated in the case of political sex tape blackmail which has shaken the city since the end of August, announced to AFP on Friday that he had resigned from his mandates. to the city and the metropolis. “I presented my resignation from my mandates as municipal councilor and metropolitan councilor” to the prefect of the Loire this morning “and I informed the mayor”, writes the municipal assistant for education in a press release sent. at AFP.

Perdriau had dismissed his chief of staff

In the turmoil since the confessions of a former close to the municipality on a “daub of morals” dating back to 2015, Mayor Gaël Perdriau for his part decided Thursday to delegate his representative functions to the metropolis and the town hall in a concern back to “serenity”. Earlier this week, the 50-year-old elected official had already dismissed his chief of staff, also under fire from critics because of his alleged role in the blackmail.

The affair broke out at the end of August when the Mediapart site published the detailed confessions of the former companion of Samy Kéfi-Jérôme on the shooting of a compromising video, sponsored according to him by the mayor and his entourage to neutralize the ex- first centrist deputy, Gilles Artigues. According to him, the operation was remunerated via fictitious services invoiced to two cultural associations subsidized by the town hall.

On city council since 2014

Gaël Perdriau was placed in police custody on September 13, along with his informer, his education assistant and his chief of staff. “I deplore the personal attacks to which I am subject and note that the conditions for the exercise of my functions are no longer met”, underlines Samy Kéfi-Jérôme in his press release on Friday, stressing that he was living “like a deep injustice”. the charges against him.

The elected 42-year-old had sat on the municipal council of Saint-Etienne since 2014, the date of election of Gaël Perdriau at the head of this city in full industrial decline. He did not resign from his functions on the regional council but had been suspended, at the end of August, from his functions as digital strategy delegate by the president of the region Laurent Wauquiez (LR).

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