Are the accounts of the City of Paris going to be canceled? For the first time since Anne Hidalgo was elected mayor of the capital in 2014, the right-wing opposition judges in any case the financial documents submitted to it sufficiently problematic to take a step in this direction. On June 7, the president (Les Républicains) of the finance committee of the Council of Paris, Marie-Claire Carrère-Gée, wrote to the regional prefect, Marc Guillaume, about the city’s 2020 administrative account, voted on the week previous.
According to the law, the prefect systematically performs a double check – budgetary and legality – on this type of account, which describes how the budget for the previous year was executed. This time, the opposition believes that the prefect must be particularly vigilant. In her letter, Marie-Claire Carrère-Gée draws her attention “On several elements likely to vitiate irregularity or illegality” the vote of the administrative account. She claims a “In-depth budgetary control”, and invites the prefect to forward the file to the regional chamber of accounts of Ile-de-France. She asks him, moreover, to “Seize the administrative court of Paris for annulment” of the administrative account.
Apparently false calculations
This unusual letter confirms the new pugnacity of the Parisian right. Now led by the mayor of 7e district, Rachida Dati, LR seize every opportunity to do battle with Anne Hidalgo and her team. During the last Council, the former Keeper of the Seals repeatedly interfered with the mayor’s interventions, launching “Shoot rooms! “,” Crack! “, etc., to cut the official discourse on the “Proximity big bang”. “It does not disturb me at all”, replied the speaker.
The LR approach is based on two main arguments. The letter emphasizes, first of all, the “Multiple discrepancies and errors” contained in the administrative account. He noted several data varying from one page to another, and apparently false calculations. Declining tax revenues “Is not 4.1% as indicated in the financial report”, But “By 2.1%, half”, note for example Mme Carrère-Gée. The debt due to the health crisis would not be that displayed, and the envelope of 200 million euros announced under the plan to support the economy would be very overvalued. “The reality is that the City no longer had a penny to support Parisians during the crisis”, summarizes the elected LR.
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