Eric Piolle, the mayor of Grenoble, in police custody for a dispute over the award of a public contract

Eric Piolle, during a press conference, May 26, 2021, in Grenoble. PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP

Eric Piolle, the mayor (Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, EELV) of Grenoble, was heard, in the morning, Tuesday 1is June, under police custody in Valence, in the Drôme, as part of an investigation into suspicions of favoritism during the award of the organization of the Tile Festival, an event created in 2015 by the municipality of Isère, we learned from a source close to the case, confirming information from the Dauphiné released.

The ecological municipality was the subject in 2018 of a report from the regional chamber of accounts, which had concluded to “Several significant irregularities” in the award of public contracts for the organization of this popular rally organized each year by the City since the election Mr. Piolle, in 2014. A complaint against X for “favoritism” had also been filed.

In May 2019, two Grenobloises close to former minister Alain Carignon (Les Républicains), the main opponent of Mr. Piolle in Grenoble, had filed a first complaint, then another, against X in September 2019, with the constitution of civil party . This second complaint did not give rise to the seizure of an examining magistrate for procedural reasons. In the press, Eric Piolle had explained that he had respected the procedure and that he was the victim of a political settling of accounts.

The investigation must establish whether a local association, Fusées, was privileged during the attribution of the organization of the first two editions of this festival, for respective amounts of 123,000 and 128,000 euros, according to the daily. The municipality says that a call for competition was not necessary for the award of these public contracts, specifies The Dauphiné freed.

Eric Piolle, considered a potential candidate of environmentalists for the 2022 presidential election, was summoned by the financial brigade, reports the daily. The mayor’s entourage did not wish to speak immediately.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters

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