The mayor of Saint-Etienne, Gaël Perdriau (Les Républicains, LR), will delegate his functions as president to the metropolis, in conjunction with the “sextape” blackmail case that has rocked his city since the end of Augustlearned Agence France-Presse (AFP) from one of the vice-presidents of the community, Thursday.
The elected 50-year-old will not chair the next metropolitan council, scheduled for September 29, and will no longer perform his duties of external representation, explained to AFP the mayor of Unieux, the communist Christophe Faverjon. This solution is "the fruit of a collective reflection" in “respect for justice and its rhythm” in order to “preserving the metropolis” disturbances linked to this recent affair of blackmail to intimate video, he explained after a meeting of the vice-presidents of the metropolis.
Gaël Perdriau called for withdrawal by his camp and the opposition
The image of the mayor of Saint-Etienne has been considerably tarnished by a case of political blackmail with the "sextape" under judicial investigation in Lyon. This case broke at the end of August when a former close to the municipality made very detailed confessions to the site Mediapart on a “daubering of manners” sponsored, according to him, by the mayor and his entourage to neutralize the former centrist first deputy, Gilles Artigues. According to this relative, the operation was remunerated through fictitious services invoiced to two local cultural associations subsidized by the town hall.
Last week, Mr. Perdriau had however posted his " determination " to remain in officeremaining deaf to the calls of those who asked him to take leave – local and national elected officials, in his camp and in the opposition, as well as local economic actors.
The city councilor was taken into custody on September 13, along with three other members of the municipal team. The judicial inquiry, opened in Lyon after a complaint from Gilles Artigues, concerns the production and use of a video shot in January 2015 in which we see this former deputy known for his Catholic commitment and his homophobic positions being massaged by a man in a hotel room in Paris.