New freezing of relations between Macron and the mayors
A meeting between the French president and the main representatives of local government on decentralization will take place without the Association of French Mayors (AMF).
Can we talk about local government without mayors? The presidency decided that yes, comments le monde. The meeting that was supposed to take place today, March 13, at the Elysée Palace, between the head of state and the main representatives of local authorities to discuss decentralization and the institutional reform project of the head of state, will take place without the Association of Mayors of France (AMF ).
An “abnormal decision” stemming from a “political position”, the AMF said in a press release.
Emmanuel Macron decided on Friday to exclude the AMF from the meeting. “It has nothing to do with the question of ego, explains an adviser to the head of state. It is a matter of efficiency. The president of the republic has the right to want to meet with the presidents of associations who themselves have requested a meeting with him. This should be done at the executive level , so that decisions can be made, adds the advisor.
Additional tension was brought by the request of the mayor of Cannes for another date for the meeting with Macron. The AMF president will be in his home city of Cannes to welcome the mayor of Lviv, a city in western Ukraine with which a “solidarity twinning” has been established. And a little later he will attend the re-opening of the famous Carlton Hotel in Cannes. where 700 people work.