Revolution in Île-de-France, the questions that come up earlier than the merger between Pierrefitte and Saint-Denis | EUROtoday

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EThey will now turn into one. The cities of Saint-Denis and Pierrefitte-sur-Seine voted in favor of their merger this Thursday, May 30, throughout two municipal councils convened for simultaneous extraordinary classes. This new city, positioned within the division of Seine-Saint-Denis, will symbolize the second largest metropolis in Île-de-France, with almost 150,000 inhabitants.

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This rapprochement, which didn’t seem of their applications, was introduced in April 2023 by the 2 socialist mayors, in entrance of the elected representatives of their respective majorities. They then mentioned the overall curiosity and a standard political venture.

“Unity does not necessarily create wealth but strength. The new commune is a solidarity project, a left-wing project,” insisted the PS mayor of Saint-Denis, Mathieu Hanotin, throughout his introductory remarks this Thursday, famous a journalist from Agence France-Presse (AFP). The councilor benefited from a big plebiscite with 45 elected officers out of 55 who voted “for” this marriage identical to his socialist neighbor from Pierrefitte, Michel Fourcade.

Pierrefitte-sur-Seine turns into a delegated municipality

Pierrefitte-sur-Seine and Saint-Denis will formally merge on 1er subsequent January and can solely bear the identify of Saint-Denis. Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, which has 31,000 inhabitants, will thus turn into its delegated municipality. This administrative designation makes it potential to protect the postal code and thus duplicate streets. On the indicators coming into the city ought to be written “Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, delegated commune of Saint-Denis”.

In the eyes of the opposition, the venture is extra of an absorption than a merger. “I am still not convinced of this project or the method […] We would have thought that such a meaningful project would have deserved an informed debate, a referendum,” regretted the communist deputy Stéphane Peu throughout the session. At the identical time, round ten individuals gathered in entrance of Saint-Denis city corridor to precise their dissatisfaction with this “forced march of two poor cities”.

READ ALSO Rhône: this shock “marriage” of two municipalities which works badlyFor socialist mayors, this merger will enable better funding capability and can provide benefits to residents. Concretely, Pierrefittois will have the ability to profit from the free faculty canteen, already arrange in Saint-Denis. Their taxation can even be lighter sooner or later, after harmonization with the neighboring metropolis, with more healthy funds.

Municipal amenities can even be elevated. The Pierrefitte city corridor will turn into an annex city corridor the place marriages and civil standing procedures might be held. The 5 vacation facilities in Saint-Denis can even turn into accessible to all.

Mathieu Hanotin on the head of the brand new commune

The present mayor of Saint-Denis, an anthill of 113,000 inhabitants, since 2020, Mathieu Hanotin, will take the helm of the brand new municipality. Michel Fourcade, who will full his third time period in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine in 2026, will turn into his first deputy. He can even stay mayor of the delegated municipality. They will retain their features till the 2026 elections.

For elected officers, nonetheless, the modifications can be extra apparent. Today, there are 94 in whole. They ought to be round 60 after the following municipal elections. Until this deadline, the 2 municipal councils will sit, however solely that of Saint-Denis can have actual decision-making energy.

The creation of this new municipality, a primary on this scale in Seine-Saint-Denis, permits the brand new group to slide between Paris and Boulogne-Billancourt by way of variety of inhabitants.