It’s official: the capital of Gaul has just acquired an environmental mayor. Grégory Doucet, 47, was elected mayor of Lyon on Saturday July 4, after unsurprising advice, which took place in a reception room as a result of health precautions. The head of the list Europe ecology-The Greens (EELV) obtained 51 votes out of 73 from the municipal council of the central town hall, after the large victory of the environmentalists in the second round of the elections.
Chance wanted the dean of the assembly, responsible for giving him the tricolor scarf, to be Gérard Collomb, 73, outgoing mayor after three successive terms. Defeated in the ballot box, excluded from the Republic on the march (LRM) after a final maneuver of alliance with the right, Mr. Collomb finds himself at the head of an opposition group of eight municipal councilors, less than the ten of right and center, chaired by lawyer Etienne Blanc (Les Républicains, LR).
After the Republican congratulations and the reminder of his major achievements, which have built ” life quality ” of the city, the former Minister of the Interior expressed two concerns to his successor, echoing those he had said to Edouard Philippe when leaving Place Beauvau: the lack of social mix and the fear of social tensions . The outgoing triple mayor recognized Mr. Doucet’s victory and convictions, hoping that he would defend the general interest. A subliminal way to point the “Ideological stiffness” that the former socialist cacique has always attributed to environmentalists.
Then Gérard Collomb’s voice broke: “This city has given meaning to my life. “ There was silence in the large golden room with crystal chandeliers, where each elected official had an individual table. Foggy, the dean returned to his seat as a simple municipal councilor, in front of a monumental marble fireplace, on which sit two carved lions.
An absolute majority
“We want to convince, not impose. “ From his first intervention, Grégory Doucet wanted to reassure. Light gray suit, red silk tie, the first environmental mayor immediately denied his plan to close the famous Parc de la Tête d’Or, which he accused his opponents during the campaign. The new mayor wishes “Take animal welfare into account” in the management of the zoo, but denies any plans to close this historic green space, located around a lake, in the north of the city.
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