Eric Piolle, the mayor of Europe Ecologie-Les-Verts (EELV) of Grenoble (Isère) was heard this Tuesday, June 1 under the police custody regime as part of a preliminary investigation into suspicions of favoritism in the award of a public contract. His custody was lifted at the end of the afternoon.
The information was disclosed in the morning by the Dauphiné Libéré, before being confirmed by a source close to the case.
Eric Piolle was heard in the premises of the judicial police of Valence, in the Drôme, where the investigation into the organization of the Fête des Tuiles was relocated in 2018. According to corroborating sources, the mayor of Grenoble has was able to leave the Valence PJ around 6 p.m.
“I will not politicize this affair”
In 2018, the ecological municipality had been the subject 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 the Tile Festival, a popular gathering organized every year by the city since the election of Eric Piolle in 2014. A complaint against X for “favoritism” had also been filed.
Questioned by CNEWS on leaving custody, Eric Piolle presented himself “as a litigant like the others”, adding that he would not “politicize” this affair.
Concretely, Eric Piolle had to explain himself on the conditions of attribution of the organization of the Fête des Tuiles à “Fusées”, the association which had been selected, in 2015 and 2016 to set up the festivities. The investigators probably wanted to know if the Fusées association was favored by the mayor of Grenoble who had not made a call for tenders.
The two editions of the Fête des Tuiles are two public markets valued at 123,000 and 128,000 euros respectively.