Louis Aliot, the brand new mayor Rassemblement nationwide (RN) de Perpignan, was unable to acquire, on Saturday 11 July, the presidency of the Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole (PMM) city group, defeated by an alliance of rights. This was a serious concern for the 36 small municipalities and its metropolis heart, Perpignan, which alone accounts for 46% of the inhabitants of the metropolis. The MP, a candidate for the 15 vice-presidencies, even needed to accept a modest fifth vice-presidency. "The conferences earlier than the election clearly demonstrated that there was a want to take away the elected officers from Perpignan, stated Louis Aliot bitterly. Voters will decide, these elections are only one step. "
They have been three candidates within the operating: Louis Aliot subsequently, fortified by his election with 53.09% within the municipal elections towards the previous mayor of the town, Jean-Marc Pujol – who was additionally the president of PMM -; Robert Vila (Les Républicains), the mayor of the small city of Saint-Estève, and Alain Ferrand, the mayor (numerous proper) of Barcarès, the second largest metropolis within the agglomeration.
A personality, this Alain Ferrand. Convicted thrice for misuse of company property, unlawful taking of pursuits and tax evasion, he shared the city corridor since 1995 together with his spouse, every time he was declared ineligible (or when she was in his flip). They’re nicknamed within the area "the southern Balkany". The person, amiable and spherical, is in enterprise, notably casinos and video games in Africa, within the sulfurous Pefaco group (the "fa" is for Ferrand Alain), and was comfortably re-elected on March 15 within the first spherical at Barcarès.
The ambiance on the PPM was contemporary. The PS president of the area, Carole Delga, had the day earlier than declaring to need "A president who defends the values of the Republic and never the camp of the far proper" and denounced "The quarrels of ego, little roosters, irresponsible attitudes which can be legion within the Pyrénées-Orientales". Louis Aliot dominated on Saturday that she had "Insulted the voters" and declared himself "Shocked by sure remarks which goal to exclude the city-center from the agglomeration".
Within the first poll, Louis Aliot obtained 30 votes, Alain Ferrand 18, Robert Vila 38 – absolutely the majority was 45. After two sitting breaks, Alain Ferrand left with a number of sort phrases for Louis Aliot ("The celebration framework should stay within the locker room, we should reveal that we will work collectively"), and let or not it’s recognized that he "Would settle for to be first vice chairman". The mayor of Perpignan understood that he had misplaced to the Vila-Ferrand alliance. Robert Vila truly gained by 49 votes within the second spherical – Louis Aliot obtained 33. Alain Ferrand, delighted, truly obtained the primary vice-presidency for providers rendered, and Robert Vila for every of the opposite positions systematically introduced candidates to push Louis Aliot into the depths of the rankings.
The mayor of Perpignan nonetheless has a motive for satisfaction: per week after his election, he voted Friday 10 July by his metropolis council to extend his compensation by 17%.