Gaël Perdriau gave in to pressure from elected officials in the metropolis, who asked for his withdrawal last week.
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Gaël Perdriau announced to the vice-presidents of Saint-Etienne Métropole that he was stepping back from his duties as president, France Bleu Saint-Etienne Loire reports Thursday, September 22.
Christophe Faverjon, vice-president of Saint-Etienne Métropole, told franceinfo that if a “withdrawal” does not exist from a regulatory point of view, Gaël Perdriau has decided to “to entrust the external representation of the Metropolis to its vice-presidents, to entrust the first vice-president with the discussions which are in progress on the contract of the State-region plan and to entrust the presidency of the next session of the metropolitan council, on 29 September, to the first vice-president”.
The mayor of Saint-Étienne therefore had to give in to pressure from elected metropolitan officials, faced with the sextape scandal. An overwhelming majority of them had already called for his withdrawal last week during a tense meeting. These same elected metropolitan officials also demanded that Gaël Perdriau oust his chief of staff, Pierre Gauttieri, which was done on Tuesday, September 20. Regarding the town hall of Saint-Étienne, a meeting is also scheduled for Thursday evening, according to information from France Bleu Saint-Etienne.
Gaël Perdriau, his former chief of staff Pierre Gauttieri and his deputy chief of staff Claire Vocanson are suspected of being involved, at different levels, in a sextape blackmail which lasted for years against Gilles Artigues, the former first deputy mayor of Saint-Etienne. The case was revealed by Mediapart on August 26.