“It’s a report that says the possibility of making and building a different city”, launched Benoît Payan when the city council voted in favor of the acquisition by the City of Marseille for 600,000 euros of the premises of the former McDonald’s in Sainte-Barthélémy (14th), now “After M”, a social fast-food where meals are distributed to the most disadvantaged.
“I consider it a seed from which common sense will germinate”, added the mayor.
“This establishment was requisitioned and squatted by some of its former employees in a completely illegal manner. What any elected representative should have denounced, you have decided to encourage”, retorted Cédric Dudieuzère (RN).
“You endorse the squatters, Mr. Mayor”, added Catherine Pila, president of the LR group, who also speaks of a “closed restaurant which was squatted without rights or titles” by former employees. She stressed that some players in this file were not in favor of the City buying the restaurant and specified that the law now requires the municipality to organize a competition to award the management of the site.
“Know that all the solutions have been sought on the part of the employees”, replied Samia Ghali who was one of the first elected to meet the employees when they were on strike in 2018. The senator (DVG) recalls that at the time, the mayor LR Jean-Claude Gaudin had supported the employees against McDonald’s France.
Note that for this report, the public ballot was adopted. Councilors were therefore invited to indicate their vote aloud by name. If the elected RNs all voted against, some members of the group “A will for Marseille”, those elected in the 13th and 14th arrondissements whose mayor Marion Bareille was not present at the time of the vote, abstained; except Jean-Michel Turc, who voted against. The rest of the group also voted against the report.
It was therefore finally adopted with 54 votes out of 96 cast, five elected officials not having taken part in the vote.
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