Jean-Claude Gaudin, right-wing determine and former mayor of Marseille, is useless | EUROtoday

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Jean-Claude Gaudin, then outgoing mayor, during the second round of the municipal elections in Marseille, March 30, 2014.

Jean-Claude Gaudin ended up embodying Marseille like his mannequin Gaston Defferre earlier than him. He died on Monday May 20, on the age of 84. “Jean-Claude Gaudin is no more. He was Marseille made man”Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to him in a message posted on the social community X, confirming data from France Bleu.

Elected mayor of his hometown 4 occasions, constantly from June 1995 to July 2020, the chief of the Marseille proper won’t have crushed the longevity file of his socialist elder (twenty-five years in workplace in comparison with thirty-four) , however, in flip deputy and senator of Bouches-du-Rhône, president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regional council (PACA, 1986-1998), of the city group of Marseille then of the rising Aix-Marseille metropolis -Provence from March 2016 to September 2018, like no different elected official, he left his mark on Provençal politics for greater than half a century.

Under his authority, at all times coated in obvious good nature, the appropriate patiently conquered and retained all native powers. A complete hegemony, which didn’t stop Jean-Claude Gaudin from experiencing a extremely contested fourth and ultimate municipal mandate. The loss of life, on November 5, 2018, of eight individuals within the collapse of two buildings in rue d'Aubagne, within the coronary heart of Marseille, revealed the failure of its municipal coverage within the battle towards substandard housing and sparked violent demonstrations. This drama is without doubt one of the parts which explains the shift to the left of Marseille in July 2020 and the defeat of Martine Vassal, LR candidate supported by Jean-Claude Gaudin. Attached to Republican symbols, he himself handed over the mayor's sash to the ecologist Michèle Rubirola, who succeeded him on the head of a left-wing coalition. “In politics, you have to know how to lose”he confided then.

Since his retirement, he has additionally maintained cordial relations along with his successor Benoît Payan (varied left), who changed Mme Rubirola in December 2020. The new mayor of Marseille, who handled him with nice courtesy, invited him to observe with him the journey of Pope Francis to Marseille in September 2023. An consideration that Jean-Claude Gaudin, nice connoisseur of mysteries of the Vatican and who often tried, in useless, to arrange a papal journey to Marseille, significantly appreciated. “Jean-Claude Gaudin seemed unsinkable. His departure saddens me infinitely (…) This city will miss him”reacted Benoît Payan on X to the announcement of the loss of life.

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