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The mayor (ecologist) of Grenoble, Eric Piolle, in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis), June 2, 2024.

“Concussion”. This offense, not often utilized in political-financial issues, designates, in response to article 432-10 of the penal code, “the fact, by a person holding public authority (…), to receive, demand or order to collect (…) a sum which she knows is not due, or exceeds what is due”. It is below this head of prevention that the Grenoble public prosecutor's workplace introduced, Wednesday June 5, that it had opened a preliminary investigation in opposition to the mayor of the Alpine metropolis, the ecologist Eric Piolle, his former first deputy and deputy ( La France insoumise, LFI) from Isère, Elisa Martin, and a former collaborator of the councilor.

The judicial investigation goals to make clear the information uncovered in an article revealed in The chained Duck, that very same Wednesday. According to info from the satirical weekly, Eric Piolle made a take care of a detailed colleague in December 2016: he supplied to pay him a big wage enhance, which took him from 3,000 euros to three,600 euros per thirty days. . But on one situation, much less advantageous: he needed to return 400 euros in money to the primary deputy on the city corridor, Elisa Martin, additionally co-founder of the Left Party, ancestor of LFI.

An unlawful approval, which might have lasted for 4 years, till the departure of Mr. Piolle's collaborator, and allowed Martin, who turned an MP in 2022, to obtain 16,800 euros in money in complete. If the sum appears small in comparison with different embezzlement circumstances, the irony comes from the truth that it appears to have been supposed to compensate for the personal marketing campaign commitments of the mayor of Grenoble and his deputy.

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In 2014, Eric Piolle acquired nationwide stature by defeating, to everybody's shock, Jérôme Safar, inheritor to Michel Destot, emblematic mayor of Grenoble for twenty years (1995-2014). Mr. Piolle, enterprise chief and long-time environmental activist, turned, after Dominique Voynet in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), the second environmentalist mayor of a metropolis of greater than 100,000 inhabitants. A victory obtained specifically due to the alliance fashioned with the Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose native consultant, Elisa Martin, appeared in second place on the “Grenoble, a city for all” checklist.

Among the flagship proposals on the alliance checklist, we discover “reduce the compensation of elected officials” And “achieve non-cumulative mandates”. The 25% enhance in remuneration for deputies, voted for by the earlier mandate, should be eradicated, in addition to attendance charges in paramunicipal organizations. Finally, the buildup of two executives is prohibited. Mme Martin should subsequently hand over her mandate as regional councilor and the associated earnings, and would have discovered herself in monetary issue with round 2,300 euros per thirty days of earnings, therefore the recourse to this baroque setup.

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