It was an expected decision from Gérald Darmanin. The new minister of the Interior announced on Wednesday evening at the Agence France-Presse that he had resigned from the regional Council of the Hauts-de-France and that he would know "soon" its decision on its mandate of mayor of Tourcoing, after discussion with his local team. "I informed Xavier Bertrand of my decision to resign from the regional Council," said Gérald Darmanin, who has sent his letter of resignation, received on Wednesday. Gérald Darmanin served in the regional forum for 2015 at the side of Xavier Bertrand.
he resigned at the request of the president of the Republic, since there is no rule the is required ? "Not at all. I resigned because as the minister of the Interior, my time is very taken and I can no longer devote myself to this mandate," he said. "Symbolically", said to the Agence France-Presse an elected northerner, "this is a way to show that he cut the cord with Xavier Bertrand, president (ex-RL) of the Hauts-de-France, whose presidential ambitions are being closely monitored by Emmanuel Macron.
re-Elected in the first round in Tourcoing
when Asked about whether he would also waive his mandate as mayor of Tourcoing, Gérald Darmanin replied to Agence France-Presse that it would make its decision "shortly", after having "met this weekend (its) municipal team" and have "discussed it with her". According to the case law established by Lionel Jospin in 1997, a minister may not direct a local executive. Certainly, it is a rule unwritten, and which suffered exceptions, to the left and to the right (Le Drian, Sarkozy...), but the former Prime minister Edouard Philippe had sanctuarisée in September 2019.
15 march, the minister of the public Accounts had successful performance, in full rout election for The Republic in march, to be re-elected mayor of his city in the first round with 60,9 % of the vote, the head of the list "The choice of Tourcoing". He had bound the scarf habs on the 23rd of may, returning to a seat held between march 2014, when the young elected then stamped UMP had delighted the town in the PS, and September 2017. Gérald Darmanin had assured the next day in the JDD that the tandem executive had "allowed, for a time, and having regard to the exceptional circumstances" related to the epidemic of Covid-19, to "exercise the two functions of minister and mayor.