The suspense was total this Saturday at the municipal council, of the installation of the mayor of Marseille. The buy-in of Samia Ghali was the last coup de théâtre, allowing Michèle Rubirola to become the first woman mayor of the mediterranean city.
Michèle Rubirola, has offered a walkabout on the square in front of the city hall of Marseille, this Saturday. AFP/Clement MahoudeauPar Philippe Martinat (with Marc Leras), special envoy to Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône)On July 4, 2020 at 19h48
The sun, the sweat and tears. When Michèle Rubirola, scarf tricolor shoulder, wades into a beautiful scramble on the front steps of the city hall of Marseille, Saturday, in the middle of the afternoon, the crowd exults. Surrounded by his young mentor Benedict Payan and Samia Ghali, who was eventually rally, and the new mayor of Marseille smiles and cries at the same time. Present since the morning, the supporters of the Spring in marseille, which brings together the left, environmentalists included, will époumonent : “Michelle! Michèle! “A lot waving a key ring and all sing” We won, we have the key “. Other, more playful, chant : “Pool party at Samia Ghali “. An allusion to the beautiful house with swimming pool, in the chic district of Roucas-Blanc, where the elected of the northern neighbourhoods of Marseille…
The senator has maintained the suspense as long as she could. With its eight votes, it could swing the election on the side of Michèle Rubirola or Guy Teissier, the candidate of the right. But in the morning, and deciding not to participate in any rounds of election for mayor and leave the chamber, Stéphane Ravier and its elected representatives in the national Gathering, had narrowed the margin of maneuver of Ghali, making the victory of Rubirola more likely.
After several hours of negotiations behind the scenes at the end of the first lap — where it brought together its eight votes against 41 for Teissier and 42 for Rubirola — old socialist, took the floor after lunch just before the second round. “I’ve decided not to submit my application and supporting Mrs Rubirola “, then announces the chosen with simplicity and without the least apparent emotion. The mass was said.
Gaudin tries to cheer Rubirola
An hour later — and after a few suspensions of the meeting, which greatly pissed off the right — the leader of the Spring of marseille was elected in the second round to an absolute majority, with 51 votes. A box full because, in addition to his camp and the voices of the group-Ghali, Rubirola drew on his name the voice of Lisette Narducci, a close to the ex-strong man of the department Jean-Noël Guérini, who was elected on the list of dissident LR Bruno Gilles.
Very moved, Michèle Rubirola is welcomed to the podium by Jean-Claude Gaudin, who kisses him and hands him the scarf tricolor mayor. In a gesture very republican, the old outgoing mayor tries to cheer the new conceiving from the right. But while the left applauds standing their champion, the chosen LR remain marble. They will reserve their applause at the end of the first speech of the first woman mayor of Marseille while the far right will refuse to get up.
“The first feeling which animates me after the election of the mayor of Marseille is the relief that the will of the majority and of the people of Marseille had been respected “, launches first new figure of the phocean city. After twenty-five years of the reign of the right, this doctor environmentalist and the left wishes to thank all its supporters, not to mention Samia Ghali. With elegance it address ” a thought that is sincere and Jean-Claude Gaudin who has given a large part of his life to this beautiful function. “
“The clanisme, nepotism and cronyism have lived”
But the new mayor of Marseille does not forget also to define itself in opposition to the system that has so long led the city. “We will always act in the general interest, promises. I want everyone to find the pride in being marseillais, and is reflected in its representatives. “And she says :” The clanisme, nepotism and cronyism have lived. “Promising to fight” against all the waste, ” she regrets the abstention is particularly present among young voters, for whom she wants to make Marseille a city’s festive atmosphere where young people want to stay. “Including, she adds,” children of immigrants “.
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In response, Guy Teissier “takes note of this victory” and wished to “lot of courage” to the one who succeeds Jean-Claude Gaudin. Stéphane Ravier, the leader of the RN, prefers to take it to the right, which it accuses of ” irregularities disgusting “. At the end of the day, the mayor has been elect in his list of thirty assistants. Without surprise we find in the first place Benedict Payan, who will thus be his first deputy, and in the second position, Samia Ghali.