François Rebsamen places the query of the separation between Burgundy and Franche-Comté again on the desk | EUROtoday

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The lack of urge for food of François Rebsamen (Progressive Federation, former Socialist Party), president of Dijon Métropole and mayor of town, for the merger of Burgundy and Franche-Comté has been identified since 2016. “It was a bad reform and I did not hesitate to say it at the time to François Hollandehe reminds the World. I also said it to President Macron: if it works like that, it is better to separate regions. » The elected official hammers home his criticisms of the broader community which, according to him, would not treat him properly. Should the territorial reform be reviewed, in this case? “Not only do I think so, but we need to find the conditions under which this could be proposed. But hey, for the moment, there is no majority for that…”

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Between 2016 and June 2020, to the complexity of the regional merger was added the rivalry between the cities of Dijon and Besançon. The departure of Jean-Louis Fousseret, socialist then Renaissance mayor of the Doubs prefecture and president of its city neighborhood, in 2020, calmed issues down. “I paradoxically get along better with Anne Vignot”, notes Mr. Rebsamen. The councilor (Les Ecologists) of Besançon confirms this. “With François, we of course have disagreements on issues, but we know how to stand together on others, particularly railways, when it is in the interest of our two communities or that the State wants us to support. the burden of its debt, she confides. And we share the same republican values ​​in the face of the rise of populism and the far right. »

It is against the socialist president of the region, Marie-Guite Dufay, that Mr. Rebsamen concentrates his “grievances”. The latter would neglect “the opening up of Burgundy-Franche-Comté while INSEE predicts a drop in the population in 2050”. She wouldn’t do sufficient to acquire from the SNCF the reestablishment of a Dijon-Lille TGV hyperlink, in an effort to attain Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport and northern Europe. Mme Dufay would present “lack of consideration for Dijon Métropole” and would persist “to compensate for the gap between Dijon and Besançon rather than developing the strengths of the two cities”. Its companies would impose “overadministration, new rules which block metropolitan contract files”, signed on September 20, 2023 for an quantity of 16.7 million euros, whereas the mayor of Dijon hoped for greater than 20 million.

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