At the time of counting their votes, after the municipal elections of March 15 and 22, the elected officials of Seine-Saint-Denis will probably have an eye on the poll in Paris. Because in the opinion of many, the choices of whoever will run the capital in the next six years will have an obvious impact on the cities of the inner suburbs.
Transport from the suburbs to Paris, refugee camps at its gates, pedestrianization of the banks: the subjects whose management concerns both the capital and its neighbors are legion.
"Working hand in hand is essential"
"The idea that we must think together about the fate of Paris and the Seine-Saint-Denis, territory where the construction of Greater Paris will be played out in the ten years to come, is now obvious", believes Stéphane Troussel, PS president of the Seine-Saint-Denis departmental council, also elected municipal in La Courneuve.
The elected representative has also taken a position in favor of the candidacy of Anne Hidalgo, outgoing mayor PS. And the subjects that are played by two are thrown together: the Olympic Games - which he nicknamed "the Seine-Saint-Denis Games", in view of the numerous installations that will be carried out in the 93 - but also the place of the bicycle, and the refugee management.
"Working hand in hand with Paris is essential for us," insists the man who also recently tackled Benjamin Griveaux and Cédric Villani, LREM candidates in Paris, in their project to relocate the major Parisian stations in the 93. "They must not think that they can relocate everything that clutters Paris to the suburbs! For us the rail traffic, and for them the big green parks? Those days are over. "
The arrival of the supermetro will turn things upside down
Another political edge, but the same observation. Vijay Monany, elected departmental and director of cabinet of the mayor of Blanc-Mesnil, Thierry Meignen (LR), hammered him: "The future mayor of Paris will no longer be able to consider his territory only inside the ring road! "
According to him, the arrival of the Grand Paris stations, before 2024, will turn things upside down. "They will break the borders. Example at Blanc-Mesnil, where lines 16 and 17 will reach the Batignolles district (17th century Paris) in 13 minutes! "
Vijay Monany openly supports Gaspard Gantzer rather than Rachida Dati, the candidate invested by LR. Because the former adviser of François Hollande at the Elysée has in particular the ambition to remove the device in 15 years. "Suppress the car in favor of other forms of mobility, yes," he continues. But the mayor of Paris must think of the suburban inhabitants on this. So gently! "
Pedestrianization of the banks, a subject of tension
Another subject of tension between Parisians and commuters: the pedestrianization of the banks launched by Anne Hidalgo in 2016. At the time, mayors of the seven Ile-de-France departments had split open letters to express their anger.
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Like Ludovic Toro, UDI mayor of Coubron, who explained at the time: "The May-June floods, which made the tracks on the bank impracticable, were like a test of the measure". Thereupon, the elected representative recalled that the journey time between his commune and the center of Paris has "gone from an hour and a half to three and a half hours". Complicated, for example, for artisans to go to work on Parisian sites with their ladder under their arms.
But the subject is not unanimous against him. Meriem Derkaoui, PCF mayor of Aubervilliers, recently said that she was 100% favorable, even hoping to "extend it to the quays of Aubervilliers and beyond".
Welcoming migrants, a national subject?
Refugee camps, several of which are located north of Paris, on the outskirts of Seine-Saint-Denis, are also a common subject with Paris.
Tuesday, January 28, when the 1,600 homeless people installed at Porte d'Aubervilliers were evacuated by the police, Laurent Russier, PCF mayor of Saint-Denis, expressed in a tweet his "relief" that the “sheltering requested by Anne Hidalgo for weeks” is finally carried out.
But for Vijay Monany, the subject has nothing to do in the municipal debate: “It is the responsibility of the State, its policy of welcoming migrants. On this, the elected representatives of Paris and the suburbs should not even have to think together… ”
Rethinking the management of the metropolis
For Philippe Dallier, senator and president of the LR federation of 93, this question of the link between the capital and Seine-Saint-Denis poses a broader question: that of the governance of the Parisian metropolis. “Region, Greater Paris, department, intercommunalities, cities… It is unmanageable, even if we get on well with the mayor of Paris! The government must cut and reduce the layers, and clarify the jurisdictions. "