The discussions will be far from trivial, seven months before the presidential election. The mayors of the largest French cities, including Anne Hidalgo (PS), Grégory Doucet (EELV), Benoît Payan (PS), Martine Aubry (PS), Jean-Luc Moudenc (UMP), Pierre Hurmic (EELV), Eric Piolle (EELV), Edouard Philippe (DvD) or François Bayrou (MoDem) will meet from this Thursday in Nantes on the occasion of the
National Days of Urban France. The association, chaired by Johanna Rolland, mayor of Nantes (PS), defends the interests of a
hundred cities and metropolises French (2,000 municipalities represented).
– Urban France (@France_urbaine) September 8, 2021
Workshops, debates and field visits are organized until Friday evening to allow elected officials to exchange their experiences. The fight against the artificialization of soils, sharing of responsibilities in terms of safety, the future of culture, recovery policies or new mobility issues are some of the working themes addressed. Common proposals will be formulated for the candidates for the presidential election at the end of the two days.
The coming of the Prime Minister
Prime Minister Jean Castex will meet the participants on Friday noon at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes and deliver a closing speech.
Christian Estrosi (UMP), mayor of Nice, will be among the rare members of Urban France absent. Stéphane Le Foll (PS), mayor of Le Mans and candidate for the nomination of the PS for the presidential election, also indicated that he will not make the trip because of the supposed participation of Johanna Rolland in the campaign of Anne Hidalgo in view of the presidential election.