David Lisnard elected President of the Association of Mayors of France

The mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, was elected president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) on Wednesday, November 17, with 62.34% of the vote in a vote in which about 11,000 of the organization's over 34,000 members participated.  local elected representatives.

The mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, was elected president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF) on Wednesday, November 17, with 62.34% of the vote in a vote in which about 11,000 of the organization’s over 34,000 members participated. local elected representatives. He succeeds François Baroin: the mayor of Les Républicains de Troyes announced in late August that he would not run for a third term and had supported Mr Lisnard’s candidacy, a member of the same party and already vice-president of the AMF.

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This support was dissatisfied with the Secretary General of the AMF, Philippe Laurent, UDI Mayor of Sceaux, in the Paris region, who then embarked on the race, and whose list on Wednesday obtained 37.66% of the vote. In addition to the two suitors’ personalities, two opposing ways of understanding the relationship with Emmanuel Macron clashed: Mr. Lisnard, firmly rooted to the right, wants to be the guarantor “Independent DNA” of the AMF, which characterized Mr Baroin’s seven-year term, while Mr Laurent is more willing to enter into dialogue with the executive.

The vote presented an additional element of uncertainty over previous polls, as mayors could express themselves at a distance. The thirty-six members of the Bureau and the one hundred members of the Executive Board were also elected on a proportionate basis according to their position on the list of each of the candidates. Mr. Lisnard’s victory will not prevent cohabitation with Mr. Laurent’s list within AMF for the next three years.

“AMF in particular must not be monopolized by a clan”

David Lisnard will deliver a speech to the Congress of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

In his speech Tuesday to the mayors, Mr Laurent defended one “AMF, which is not for or against anyone, and which has a single compass: the case of mayors”. “I do not want to take a stand on any presidential candidate”, he assured. For his part, Mr Lisnard insisted on the need “Independence of power whatever it is”. “AMF in particular must not be monopolized by a clan”, he emphasized.

Its competitor’s presumed proximity to the Elysee Palace constitutes Cannes’ mayor’s main angle of attack. The mayor of Sceaux defends himself strongly, and the management has on several occasions said that he was not the reason for his candidacy.

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The election at the head of the AMF also created stir in the Republican Party (LR). The President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Renaud Muselier, called on the mayors of his region to vote for Mr Laurent, against the mayor of Cannes, who launched a heavy indictment against Mr Lisnard, “Located in the Palais des Festivals”, “From the top of his red carpet”, while he is from the same party and the same region. “Political revenge” and “Disgusting caricature” of Cannes, paralyzed the leader of the deputies LR Damien Abad. The candidate for the LR nomination Eric Ciotti, very close to Mr. Lisnard, asked for one “Automatic exclusion of the Macronist Muselier infiltrator”.

This election comes at the end of a five-year period marked by strong tensions between the executive and the mayors. Shortly after his arrival at the Elysee Palace when he announced the abolition of the housing tax, Emmanuel Macron was whistled during his first intervention at the AMF Congress.

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The President of the Republic is to receive in the Elysée a little over a thousand mayors in the course of one “Pretty informal reception” and without speech Wednesday afternoon, according to the presidency. The head of state will then speak on Thursday afternoon at the end of the congress. According to the Elysee, “He wants to thank the mayors for their efforts during the epidemic” and “Insist on supporting local authorities since the beginning of the five-year period”.

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