EXCLUSIVE MAINTENANCE – The ex-PS mayor of Marseille pleads for a vast overhaul of institutions, and calls for “asking” the question of returning to the accumulation of mandates.
Benoit Payan is ex-PS mayor of Marseille.
LE FIGARO. – You claim to Emmanuel Macron an overhaul of institutions. For what?
Benoît PAYAN. – We need to get back to something healthier. Over time, there has been an absolutely terrible accumulation of layers and administrative complexities. Today, for example, mayors face a system that hinders them. However, when we commit to a program but the scope for action is blocked by institutions that have become fossilized, this causes a form of disaffection among our citizens. It is not a lack of will on the part of elected officials, nor of skills, but a question of room for maneuver and capacity for action. Even if it’s not in keeping with the times, I think thatwe must give more power to mayors. For example, the people of Marseille that I meet in the street sometimes tell me that the city is dirty. However, I do not have the right to deal with questions related to cleanliness, since it is…