In Gleizé, a town of 7,500 inhabitants near Villefranche-sur-Saône, we do our family business. According to Le Progrès, 90 contracts were awarded to family members of the mayors of the town between 2006 and 2017. And this, without competition.
This Thursday, October 28, Le Progrès reveals a case settled “in family”, in Gleizé. Between October 2006 and December 2017, the city of Beaujolais entrusted more than 90 services to the company Storm (Multimedia Strategy and Organization). Brochures of cultural seasons, municipal bulletins … The latter achieved a turnover of 204,000 euros including tax (172,000 euros excluding tax).
Problem, the boss of this company, Maurice de Longevialle, is none other than the brother of Ghislain de Longevialle (Union of the center and the right), mayor of the town since 2015 and unsuccessful candidate in the departmental elections. Before that, the latter was first deputy to his companion, now wife, Élisabeth Lamure (LR), mayor from 1989 to 2015, also a senator from 2004 to 2020.
“I have never responded to calls for tenders for these contracts,” Maurice de Longevialle, boss of Storm and brother of the current mayor, admitted in Le Progrès. The recurring assignments that I was able to perform were negotiated by email or telephone with the City’s communications department. At the time, that didn’t shock me, even though my brother was a communications assistant and his wife was mayor, because I thought I was doing a good job, at fair prices. I didn’t know I had to compete. “
Contacted by Le Progrès, the former mayor, Élisabeth Lamure, said she “followed the rules. “Her husband, current mayor, marks for his part that he no longer had any contact with Storm after 2016. When he is questioned about invoices signed during this period, he ensures” not to have the memory of all these details “.
Ghislain de Longevialle does not seem to be in his first family affair. In April 2021, the Departmental Council announced that it was giving up the construction of a college in the town of Gleizé, following revelations from Progress. The land chosen for the construction of the establishment belonged, in fact, to first cousins of the mayor, in conflict with the latter.
The Department did not want to fall into a family feud that could lead to legal action.