PMU Director General Cyril Linette dismissed “for fault”

The “dismissal for fault” of the PMU boss was on the agenda of the general assembly. And the members of the GIE (economic interest group) PMU, meeting Thursday evening, “put an end to the functions of general manager of Cyril Linette as of this evening”, according to a press release from the PMU. The company considers that he “was recently guilty of acts which undermine the GIE”, according to a notice of meeting published by the Médiapart website.

“He was dismissed unanimously for misconduct,” said a person who attended the general meeting. “He defended himself with emotion and denounced a lack of support from the three presidents (of France Galop, of the Trot and of the PMU) for several months”, added this source who wished to remain anonymous.

The GIE PMU has 57 members: the non-profit associations France Galop and Le Trot – parent companies of PMU -, as well as 55 regional racing companies.

According to Médiapart, “the prospect of a possible move and regrouping of all the units of the GIE in a new building called Thémis, in the north of Paris”, set fire to the powder. However, Cyril Linette “would have created a surprise” by “disavowing the managers of the two parent companies to whom he owes his post”, by ” [critiquant] the Themis project, ”says the site.

The group accuses Cyril Linette of having taken “contradictory positions in the management of the Thémis project, publicly changing his mind without any prior consultation with the board of directors, while sending accusatory letters against the administrators. and parent companies ”, according to the invitation.

“I asked to pause the project”

It would also have, says the text, “created conditions of distrust with regard to the members of the GIE and the parent companies” and “a conflicting social climate”.

According to The echoes Thursday, “France Galop and LeTrot are in exclusive negotiations with AG2R with a view to buying a property” of which PMU would become a tenant, an “operation at 145 million euros”.

“Last week, discovering largely unfavorable lease conditions, also listening to the alerts formulated by the trade unions, I expressed the greatest reservations as to the economic and social conditions in which this project was beginning to unfold”, affirms the PMU CEO in a video recorded on October 15 and posted on the company’s intranet.

“I therefore asked the board of directors to put the relocation project on hold” and “the State proposed to appoint an expert to study the compliance of the conditions for carrying out this operation”, he continues, PMU is under the supervision of Bercy and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Asked by AFP, Bercy made no comment, while the PMU was not immediately reachable. Denouncing an “emergency eviction”, Cyril Linette says in the video that he “will defend himself step by step against this attempted dismissal”.

The board of directors will meet on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, in order to organize the interim of general management.

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