The former senator Sophie Joissains (UDI) was unsurprisingly elected on Friday mayor of Aix-en-Provence to replace her resigned mother Maryse (LR), perpetuating a family dynasty started in 1978 by her father Alain at the head of the second city of Bouches-du Rhône.
The only candidate in the running, Sophie Joissains, 51, was elected with 38 votes out of the 40 in the municipal majority, one of whom was absent and another voted blank.
The fifteen opposition advisers (LREM and left) left the meeting before the start of the ballot and did not participate in the vote.
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Sophie Joissains said she was "
" of the confidence that the outgoing mayor, her mother Maryse Joissains-Massini, 79, has placed in her by asking her to stand for this vote and that the municipal majority has granted her in voting for it. "
Together we will succeed in the challenge posed to us of renewal in continuity
", she launched, situating her mandate in the extension of that of her mother who led the city for 20 years. Maryse Joissains, who resigned in mid-September citing health reasons, was not physically present at the City Council, where her daughter voted in her place: "
It's a strong but deeply painful day,
" said Sophie Joissains, on the verge of tears, during his speech.
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On December 7, the former mayor of Aix-en-Provence was sentenced on appeal to eight months suspended prison sentence and three years of ineligibility for "
illegal taking of interests and embezzlement
She appealed to the Supreme Court and the hearing is due to take place at the end of September.
For the opposition, the handover between the mother and the daughter at the head of the town hall of Aix-en-Provence, barely a year after his fourth election, in the municipal elections of 2020, constitutes a deception for the voters who had voted Maryse and not Sophie.
They denounced a hereditary transmission prepared even before the last elections.