Acting Minister and Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin, elected Saturday Mayor of Tourcoing (North), claims to have been granted “permission” by Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe to combine “for a time” these two functions, in an interview with the magazine on Sunday
Get out of Lionel Jospin’s case law according to which a minister cannot lead a local CEO. On May 23, Gérald Darmanin was elected mayor of Tourcoing (North), a function he intends to combine with his ministerial portfolio. Admittedly, the rule that was introduced in 1997 is not written, but Prime Minister Edouard Philippe made it his own by hammering in September 2019: “Every minister can be a candidate” for the municipal elections but “when you are a minister you cannot cum with the head of” a local CEO”.
The list of prime ministers and public accounts had won hands in the first round, on March 15, with 60.9% of the vote against record stops (74.6%). Gérald Darmanin was therefore elected, without surprise, to the mayor at the meeting on Saturday morning in the municipal council of Tourcoing, the second largest city in the north, behind Lille, with 100,000 inhabitants.
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The 37-year-old man therefore finds the place he had occupied between March 2014 and September 2017. Already when he joined the government in May 2017, the young minister had waited almost four months before giving up his chair to a faithful and becoming the first assistant. And at the end of January, when he officially entered the campaign, he showed the color sincerely. “If I’m at the top of the list, it should be the mayor,” he explained The voice of the Nordic countries.
Sustainable accumulation over time?
Already at the end of January, Gérald Darmanin boasted of having received green light from President Emmanuel Macron to gather some time. In an interview with Sunday JournalOn Saturday, January 23, he confirmed that he had both his blessing and the prime minister.
“The president of the republic and the prime minister had allowed me to be a minister and candidate. They authorized me for a time and given the exceptional circumstances” linked to the epidemic in Covid-19, “to exercise these two functions,” said the minister.
The head of state seems determined to keep by his side this minister who had established himself at the beginning of the five-year period as one of the government’s heavy weights. And before the economic and financial crisis following the Covid-19 epidemic, it has to prepare the key text of the amended financial proposal, which was debated in Parliament at the end of June.
It remains to be seen if he will be able to accumulate until the cabinet is shaken, which is on its way in the coming weeks or months. Mayor and Minister, “I think it is not healthy to combine the two in the long term,” the person replied in January. One way to tell Emmanuel Macron that he could eventually choose Tourcoing.
Gérald Darmanin announced on Saturday that during the cumulative period he would “obviously not” receive his municipal grants, paid to the Society for the Protection of Animals.