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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #287 - Collomb to business, from Lyon to Benalla (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:21:46 +0200

Small arrangements between friends, fictitious jobs, embezzlement, eviction of any contradictory debate, everything is good for Gerard Collomb to allow Macron to come to power and thus prepare his little place next to the king. But here, since the Benalla affair, Macron is hot on the buttocks and his small minister of the Interior is in a bad position. Suddenly, turn Collomb, haro on the town hall opposite Wauquiez. ---- Business, that, Gérard Collomb, he knows. They are not counted elsewhere. Those related to his name or those of his relatives. He is at the heart of a system he has built himself, placing his pawns where it is needed: at Lyon City Hall, at the Metropolis and now at the Interior. He weaves his web in the various boards of public and private companies in the Lyon region, plays elbows in politics. Between shenanigans, political favoritism, everything is good to ensure his back.

In 1969, he militated with the Mitterrand of the Convention of Republican institutions, then the refoundation of the PS. He began to interfere in the political landscape of Lyon in 1977 entering the city council. There, everything is linked: he became deputy of the Rhône from 1981 to 1988, senator of the Rhône from 1999 to 2017, mayor of Lyon from 2001 to 2017 and president of the metropolis of Lyon from 2015 to 2017, to finally be named by Macron Minister of the Interior in 2017 for service to his idol president.

Gérard Collomb, a cumulard among the cumulards, acts as the undisputed " baron " on his Lyonnais grounds. Nothing can be done without going through it. Omerta and leaden sky weigh on the city, and public life actors can not speak freely about Collomb without going for political opponents. Thus Rue89 Lyon reported, in March 2017, that Gerard Collomb was at the maneuver to cancel a Mediapart debate with Edwy Plenel on democracy, organized by the municipal library ; as for the arrival of Christiane Taubira which he will refuse the loan of a municipal hall while she came to present his last book under the false pretext that it was " a meeting of a political nature ". The latter had judiciously concluded that " pluralism of ideas was not fully accepted by all ".

Rebates of -30 % to -60 %
But this pseudo rule of " political neutrality " to which Gérard Collomb seems attached, does not apply to himself. Thus, Collomb and his friends have given the candidate Macron dubious advantages: for the organization of political rallies on the march, the company GL Events, led by Olivier Ginon, granted rebates of -30 %, -60 % , see " it's a gift ", for the rental of some rooms of the event group, for the Macron campaign in 2016 and 2017, according to an article in Le Figaro on April 30th. The right has not failed to file complaints against X for embezzlement of public money.

Olivier Ginon, who is not left in shady business, was quoted in the " Panama papers " for his international activities, updated by the newspaper Le Monde. This close to Collomb, whose friendship goes back more than 20 years, is also shareholder of Matmut Stadium (former Gerland stadium) and the Lyon rugby club, the Lou. In exchange for his " friendship " with Lyonnaise Gerard characterized by a discreet and quiet, made of political and economic networks ; where for more than twenty years intermingling real estate transactions, public procurement and conflicts of interest according to Mediacités Lyon in May 2018, Olivier Ginon makes some small services.

But there are others: Jean-Marie Girier, chief of staff at the Lyon metropolis, is kindly available as Macron's campaign manager for several months full time on the city's funds. And as a good prince, Collomb organizes on June 2, 2016 around Macron, still Minister of Economy but just founder of The Republic on the march, a small party gathering 600 people - always at the expense of the taxpayer.

Gérard Collomb's relationships are not limited to politicians and entrepreneurs. He is a Freemason assumed in the Grand Orient of France, but also very close to the Catholic Church of Lyon. Close to Cardinal Barbarin, he would promote " a climate of dialogue between the political world and Catholic religious ". According to Rue89 Lyon in November 2016, the archbishop of Lyon invited Gérard Collomb, PS president of the Lyon metropolis, Laurent Wauquiez, LR president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and Christophe Guiloteu, LR president of the Rhône department to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, with masses in the program of the elect. As the secularity of the political world and public life, is not won for everyone.

Another strangeness is that of Collomb's complacency with regard to the fachos at Lyon. Clément Galant, the spokesman of Génération Identitaire and who was seen in the media during the anti-migrant action of the Col de l'Echelle, or the C-Star of Defend Europe is none other than the son of a great friend from Collomb, Philippe Gandin. [1]

The Benalla affair was a way out to recover the metropolis of Lyon. During the Benalla affair, Gérard Collomb assures anyone who would like to hear him that he does not know " the individual " and that he has nothing to do in this " state affair ". All means are good to get out of this mess and to say that " it is better to be someone incompetent than for a delinquent ", while continuing to explain that the hiring of Benalla is well the responsibility of the Elysee (The Chained Duck of July 25).

It goes without saying that Collomb seeks to distance himself from Macron, to regain his virginity before returning to Lyon, in view of the next metropolitan elections of 2020. He announced on September 18 that he will be a candidate for the city hall and the Lyon metropolis in 2020, in an interview with L'Express.

While waiting for the elections, the political animal will be able to take back its place of mayor which he had ceded to Georges Képénékian. He explained that Collomb is " on the idea of getting his office back in June 2019 ". Képénékian resigns himself to submit to the wishes of the Minister of the Interior: " I pass him the mistigri, but I'll be by his side ", and having to iron simple deputy mayor next summer, according to LyonMag magazine. Sad end for a man of straw who kept warm the place of his master.

The " metropolitan " will be the scene of political clashes between the Collomb clan and the Wauquiez clan. Everyone will want to pull out of the game. However, we anarchists of Lyon, do not forget the shenanigans of each other ! We will remain vigilant and mobilized ! The new capital of the macronie must fall. Without Collomb, without Wauquiez, without fachos !

Marie-Line and Julien I. (AL Lyon)

[1] " Col de l'Echelle: The spokesperson of the Identitaires is the son of a friend of Gerard Collomb " (The Horde) .

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