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Jean Castex in favor of an “adjustment” of the law for “municipalities of modest size”

While the return of debates around the non-accumulation of mandates has been invited in recent days in Parliament, Jean Castex, questioned on this subject Friday, October 22, said he was in favor of a “Development” text for the mayors of “Small towns”.

“I think the principle of non-accumulation is a good principle”, took care to underline the Prime Minister, interviewed by Agence France-Presse during a trip to his town of Prades (Pyrénées-Orientales). Mr. Castex then outlined his vision:

“We can see that mayor of a large city, president of a department, these are functions in their own right. But when it comes to municipalities of modest size, I think that it would be very useful for the exercise of national mandates to have your feet on the ground, this permanent contact with reality.

There should not be local elected representatives on one side and national elected representatives on the other. So I will see it more as a development than as a questioning of the principle. It is common sense. “

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The Prime Minister also confided that the mandate of mayor of Prades, suspended since his appointment to Matignon by the Head of State in July 2020, him ” lack “ and that his experience as mayor “Serves” constantly in its decision-making.

“Here, we are in the sizes of communities where we take everything directly. We cannot delegate, subdelegate. It’s very formative ”, he explained in his office, in front of the photo of one of his predecessors at the town hall of Prades, who was also a senator and general councilor.

Jean Castex’s statement comes a few days after the Senate, with a right-wing majority, put this issue back on the parliamentary agenda, against the advice of the government and the left-wing opposition.

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The Senate adopted on October 12, at first reading, a centrist bill aimed at relaxing the 2014 reform and applicable since 2017, which prohibits the accumulation of parliamentary mandates (deputy, senator or MEP) and functions local executives (mayor, president of general or departmental council, etc.). However, it allows the holder of a national mandate to be an advisor at the local level.

The bill adopted and amended by the right-wing senators provides for restoring the right to hold multiple mandates for parliamentarians for the functions of mayor of a municipality with less than 10,000 inhabitants, deputy mayor of a municipality or even vice-president. -President of a local executive (departmental, regional council, mixed union, etc.). It must now be presented at first reading to the deputies on November 26 by the Union of Democrats and Independents group, which will defend the text during its parliamentary niche.

In May 2017, Emmanuel Macron asked the newly appointed ministers to resign from their local executive functions, yet authorized by law. But since its adoption in 2014, the law on the non-accumulation of mandates has been very criticized by national elected officials. The latter believe that it favors the emergence of parliamentarians “above ground”, cut off from the reality on the ground.

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