He could be, for at least six years, the new face of the mayors of France. The LR of Cannes, David Lisnard, will be a candidate for the head of the Association of Mayors of France (AMF). In office since 2014, the current president FranÃ§ois Baroin has “decided not to seek a new mandate”, according to the press release from the AMF. The association, which represents elected municipal and inter-municipal officials, will renew its instances in November. Supported by the mayor of Troyes, the 52-year-old man has every chance of winning against an electoral body dominated by those elected on the right and of the Center.
By handing over eight months to the presidential election, Baroin is giving his successor some campaign momentum. Charge to Cannes, if it is well elected, to defend with the candidates, then the winner, the demanding demands of the AMF in matter of decentralization. “The challenges are still numerous, as the state’s desire to re-centralize remains strong”, laments the organization. The current five-year term has been marked by the coldness of the exchanges between the Head of State and the unions of collectivities. The former has regularly been accused of “despising” local authorities, the latter – dominated by the “old” parties of the right and the left â ???? to practice a political opposition, under cover of defense of the territories.
This lawsuit, but also the delicate internal balances of the association, could limit the engagement in the campaign of this close friend of Valérie Pécresse. In any case, they put an end to the rumor of his candidacy for a possible right-wing primary. In recent months, a little craze has been created on the right around the mayor of Cannes, assumed liberal and one of the best elected ediles in France , with 88% of the vote in the first round of the 2020 municipal elections.
The passage of witness, on the other hand, gives Baroin all his room for maneuver, even if the mayor of Troyes seems decided not to make use of it. Long seen in his camp as a providential man, he let it be known â ???? never directly, however â ???? that he would not be a candidate in 2022.