ER Editor: This revolt by France’s mayors is to be taken seriously. France has around 35,000 municipalities or ‘communes’, which is about equal to the number of municipalities in Italy, Germany, Spain and UK combined. Population sizes of France’s many municipalities can be very small (down to around 380 people, perhaps around 1,000 or more). The point being that the French mayoral class is enormous in size and very close to the people historically. And while the mayors of the relatively fewer large cities have far more clout and prestige, and are likely to contain France’s future leaders, the sheer size of the class of mayors of these smaller places is a force to be reckoned with.
One of the mayors named below, Fabrice Marchand, is the first mayor to come from the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests). The mayors can also be found on the ‘Portail Gilet Jaune‘ website, as well as on Facebook (linked to below). Any new presidential candidate needs to obtain 500 mayoral signatures out of around 35,000. They are willing to get behind a brand new candidate to break the grip of Politics As Usual.
“We Don’t Believe in Parties Anymore”, Mayors Rebel and Support a People’s Party
The mayors of small towns do not feel heard.
For the presidential election of 2022, three elected officials in France have decided to bring together all those who no longer believe in the traditional parties. Whether they are mayors of a large city or a village, it does not matter, their signatures have the same weight when they support a candidate. We received Fabrice Marchand and Thierry Renaux, two of the founders of the Collectif des Maires Résistants, for an important interview.
The objective of this collective of resistant mayors in the long term is to “merge the action of the people with the action of the mayors”. In the short term, this translates into their support for a candidate in the next national election for a collective that will emerge “from the people for the people.”
Disappointed by the policies applied in France over the past decades, our guests do not wish to vote for the Socialist Party, the Republicans, or the extremes. Fabrice Marchand is also the first Yellow Vest to become mayor, the only one to date, in his village in the Ardennes. These two elected officials do not wish to carry a specific program, but rather to give impetus to a new party sensitive to the needs of the people of this France of small towns: “all elected officials together, we are the servants of the French people.”
According to them, village mayors are among those who are closest to the daily problems of their inhabitants. In France, nearly 85% of the communes are communes of less than 500 inhabitants: “yet we only listen to the mayors of the very large cities”, deplores Fabrice Marchand.
The founders of the Collective of Resistant Mayors call on “all mayors of rural areas and elsewhere to join this movement. It may be historic, it has never existed, something like that, it must be in the thousands.” On our media, these elected officials are officially launching their movement, calling for a large rally and a march in the city of Roanne, in the Loire, at 13:30, this Saturday, November 13, 2021.
Before its official launch, the movement is already taking shape on all social networks, explains Thierry Renaux:
“we are motivated, when we see all the people who come to join us. When we created this collective and our Facebook page, we quickly found ourselves with 15,000 or 20,000 subscribers in a few days, a few weeks. And now, we have other groups that have joined us, if we add it all up, we have more than hundreds of thousands of subscribers to this project.”
“More and more mayors no longer have confidence in current politics, especially mayors of rural communities. They don’t want to join a party anymore, because they know that they will be deceived”.
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