After three attempts, Jean-Christophe Lagarde (UDI) was elected to the Drancy municipal council

After three attempts, Jean-Christophe Lagarde (UDI) was elected to the Drancy municipal council

For the former member of parliament and head of the UDI Jean-Christophe Lagarde, who was elected to the municipal council in his stronghold of Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis) in the night from Friday to Saturday after two election cancellations, the third attempt was probably the right one.

At the end of a nightly municipal council that began at 7pm on Friday and ended after 2am, Mr Lagarde, 54, was elected the city’s 11th deputy mayor, his wife Aude Lagarde.

His severance pay is “3,878.99 euros gross”, one of the highest-paid positions among MPs, according to documents seen by AFP, which he can combine with his unemployment benefits as a former MP.

For the elected centre, the first two election attempts failed due to irregularities.

During the municipal council of July 7, the resignation of the deputy whose successor is Mr. Lagarde was not registered by the services of the prefecture of Seine-Saint-Denis.

On July 14, at a second council called urgently before the summer break, the procedure was not carried out properly either, according to the Montreuil Administrative Court at the beginning of September.

“One might have thought that the legal remedies and the current process invite him to more modest behavior, but he is sticking to his allowances,” commented opposition official-elect Hacène Chibane at the initiative of the appeals. “By resorting to it for the third time, he will make an even better living, even benefiting from the thaw of the index point, unlike many French people,” he added.

“This is a restructuring of the municipal team in the context of non-accumulation of mandates. After losing in the general election, I am reinvesting in the city,” Mr Lagarde, former mayor of Drancy, argued to AFP. “I will coordinate the major city projects that I initiated as a former mayor.”

The former MP for Seine-Saint-Denis, defeated by the insoumise Raquel Garrido (Nupes) in June’s general elections after 20 years in power and four consecutive terms, is under the blow of a conviction suspected of holding a bogus job as taken to have parliamentary assistant to his mother-in-law.

Convicted on October 3 of “embezzlement of public funds”, the National Treasury Prosecutor’s Office requested a one-year suspended sentence combined with a five-year disenfranchisement.

The verdict is expected on December 7th.

In addition, one of his former employees was charged in early September as part of the investigation into false allegations by Le Point magazine of targeting LFI MPs Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière during the election campaign.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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