Policy “above ground”, “dictatorial”, “incoherent”: in the wake of a platform signed this weekend by three quarters of the mayors of the metropolis of Lyon, elected officials from the right and the center, blasted Wednesday the “lack of respect” of the ecological majority vis-à-vis the territories.
Sunday, 44 mayors out of 59 in the metropolis denounced the operation deemed too vertical of the entity led since last year by the Green Bruno Bernard, in a tribune published by the Sunday newspaper.
Qualified as “gravedigger president of the Lyon metropolis”, the elected official was accused of “disdain for mayors” and of leading an “ultra-vertical, ultra-centralized and ultra-segmented policy a thousand miles from elected municipal officials and citizens “.
“It is not possible to continue like this”
A “contempt” also denounced Wednesday in front of the press by Philippe Cochet, LR mayor of Caluire-et-Cuire and president of the group of the right and the center in the metropolis.
“After 18 months of great frustration, it is not possible to continue like this. To say: the mayors who cares, it is unacceptable, “thundered the former deputy, affirming that the proposals of the elected representatives of the communes signatories of the platform are” systematically rejected “by the majority.
“If this way of exercising power continues, it will not go very well,” added Philippe Cochet, brandishing in particular the threat of carrying out a policy of blocking the institution by refusing in particular to sign all the building permits submitted. by the local authority. And to threaten: “Either Bruno Bernard hears the message, or we seriously consider separation. “
“My door remains open”
“It is natural that I first carry the metropolitan interest rather than the regional or municipal interest”, reacted Bruno Bernard during another press conference in the morning.
“It’s not nothing that 40 mayors are expressing themselves (…) it’s still a political fact and I take it into account”, he added, indicating that his door remained “open to mayors to discuss files from their municipality but also to talk about the overall relationship ”.
“I hope that beyond the announcements, everyone will quickly become reasonable again”, he also replied to the threats concerning building permits.
This is not the first time that the governance of the Greens in Greater Lyon has been castigated by its opponents. In August, the group of elected members of the opposition Synergies Métropole already criticized the executive for imposing on the mayors of small municipalities decisions without real cooperation. In May, it was Gérard Collomb’s centrist group Inventing the Metropolis of Tomorrow which accused the majority of acting “deliberately and methodically to limit public debate and transparency of information”.
Faced with this observation, Philippe Cochet indicated that LR senators would take the necessary steps to open a fact-finding mission on the governance of Greater Lyon, and that all candidates for the next presidential election would be alerted to this issue. .