Political blackmail in Saint-Etienne: According to his lawyer, Perdriau rules out resignation

Political blackmail in Saint-Etienne: According to his lawyer, Perdriau rules out resignation

The LR mayor of Saint-Etienne and president of the Saint-Etienne metropolis, Gaël Perdriau, who has been hit by a political blackmail scandal in his municipality, rules out resigning or resigning, his lawyer told AFP on Thursday.

He had “in no way planned to retire from his duties”, as requested by several local or national elected representatives of his camp and local economic actors: and “nothing would justify his resignation at the legal level”, Christophe Ingrain told AFP Me.

“Gaël Perdriau works in the city as in the metropolis on all files, in the service of the two municipalities and the inhabitants, with the same determination,” says a press release from his cabinet.

“He was released from three-and-a-half hours of police custody with no action taken by the judiciary,” his attorney said, calling the numerous hostile reactions from Republicans “disappointing” and criticizing LR’s expulsion process.

The 50-year-old elected official was taken into police custody in Lyon on Tuesday as part of an investigation into the shooting and the use of a video shot in January 2015 in which we see Gilles Artigues, his former first deputy and ex-deputy known for his Catholic commitment to being massaged by a man in a Paris hotel room. The aim was to neutralize this centrist politically.

“Neither the mayor nor I are the sponsors of this video,” said his chief of staff in an interview with local television station TL7 on Wednesday and was “calm about the process”.

The affair erupted in late August, when the news site Mediapart published the detailed confessions of a former close friend of the municipal team on what he said was a “moral slander” organized at the request of the mayor and his family. According to him, the shooting of the compromising video was remunerated with fictitious services charged by two local cultural associations subsidized by the town hall.

Following a complaint by Gilles Artigues, the Lyon public prosecutor’s office has opened a judicial investigation into “violation of privacy, aggravated extortion, embezzlement of public property by a person exercising a public function, breach of trust and concealment of these offences”. The three investigating magistrates in charge began hearing all the protagonists of this case, the complainant, the whistleblower, the mayor, his chief of staff, the educational assistant and four heads of cultural associations for the financial side of the deal.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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