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Stéphane Le Rudulier, during a session in the Senate to examine the government's pension reform project, March 2, 2023.

It was a disaster assembly held on Thursday, May 23 on the city corridor of Rognac (Bouches-du-Rhône), Mayor Sylvie Miceli-Houdais (Union of Democrats and Independents, UDI) and her predecessor and mentor, senator (Les Républicains, LR) Stéphane Le Rudulier.

Around them, the twenty elected officers who nonetheless kind their fragile municipal majority, on this city of 12,000 inhabitants. Elected officers, who, like most of the residents of this metropolis which borders the Etang de Berre, requested for explanations on the press revelations on the administration of municipal funds.

In November 2023, an investigation by World had revealed a part of the generosity of the senator and the mayor with the principles and public cash. On May 14, the data website revealed that“luxury hotels, travel and spirits” had been paid from municipal funds by the 2 elected officers. “A disinformation campaign purely and solely for the benefit of our opposition”replied the mayor two days later throughout a municipal council assembly held in twenty-two minutes, focusing on former touring companions who had resigned from their mandates with out naming them.

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A line of protection that collapses when And Provence specify that these “lavish expenses” had been reported to the courts at first of the 12 months by a civil servant who had just lately arrived at city corridor. A preliminary investigation was lastly opened on April 17 by the Aix-en-Provence public prosecutor's workplace on the premise of this report. The whistleblower was interviewed.

A buying card

As had completed, The world obtained statements linked to the municipal financial institution card and the official's report. But additionally consulted the senator's spending on public funds. The absence of an apparent hyperlink between sure purchases, which we had been capable of doc between 2019 and 2024, and the mandates of the 2 elected officers raises questions – as does the timid nature of management by the supervisory authorities, and even its absence. Mr. Le Rudulier contests any unlawful expenditure. Mme Miceli-Houdais didn’t reply to our requests.

In an electronic mail addressed to her colleagues, the mayor regretted, Monday May 27, “political and media pressures”recalling that“It is essential not to be intimidated (…) and to remain faithful to our fundamental values: integrity, ethics and the general interest”.

In mid-April 2017, Stéphane Le Rudulier, then mayor of Rognac for a 12 months, acquired a buying card. Similar to a standard financial institution card – with out permitting money withdrawals – it offers its holder the potential of making small bills on behalf of the neighborhood, with out going by way of complicated public procurement.

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