“The state must stop hindering local dynamics”


“I perceive an exasperation, even nervousness, because the mayors are between the hammer of the immediate action demanded by the inhabitants and the anvil of the contradictory constraints”, underlines David Lisnard. François BOUCHON/Le Figaro

MAINTENANCE – For the president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF), elected officials have a thousand reasons to alert the authorities to the situation in the country.

David LisnardLR mayor of Cannes, is the president of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF).

LE FIGARO. – This 104th Congress marks your 1er mandate in a climate of crisis. How do you see the country?

David LISNARD. – France has all the potential to regain its rank, but its downgrading continues on all fronts. There is a gap between the very often theatrical positions taken by the executive and the reality of the execution of public policies. This impotence, proportional to the emphasis of the discourse, accentuates the
civic crisis when the magnitude of the challenges to be met precisely requires civic mobilization.

How are local elected officials living their mandate at the end of 2022?

Being mayor is a life commitment and a responsibility requiring great professionalism. I have met more than 5200 mayors this year and very often I have felt great passion. Whatever the growing obstacles or the financial and legal-administrative devitalization…

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