The candidate for the environmentalist primary will have to answer to justice. The mayor of Grenoble, Eric Piolle (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts), will appear on 1is March 2022 before the Criminal Court of Valence. He will be tried for suspicion of favoritism in the award of a public contract, the city of Grenoble reported Tuesday, September 28, to the press.
The ecologist councilor will be tried before the Drôme jurisdiction alongside “Several former territorial agents” of the city for “Alleged facts of granting unjustified advantages”, specifies the city in a press release.
Justice suspects the municipality of having awarded a public contract without competition to an association for the organization of a popular festival which has been held every year since 2014 on one of the main arteries of the city.
Detained in June
For its part, the town hall believes that in this specific case it was a public contract with an adapted procedure for an artistic service that does not require a call for competition. “The Valence prosecutor’s office did not follow this analysis and refers to the court the entire hierarchical chain and decision of the city of Grenoble which led to this choice”, adds the city, which is made a civil party.
1is June, Eric Piolle had been placed in police custody and heard by the financial brigade of the judicial police of Valence, where the case was disoriented. In May 2018, the Valence prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary investigation following a report from the regional audit chamber, which concluded “Several significant irregularities” in its annual report.
This report related in particular that the municipality had, against the advice of its public procurement department, twice awarded – in 2015 and 2016 – the organization of part of the Tile Festival to the association Fusées, close to the municipal majority.