11 January, 2013

2014 : the invisible adversary of the Angers left majority

Reading the statistics of the Angers bankrupcy court, the city mayor, Frédéric Béatse, as well as its left contender, Jean-Luc Rotureau, may discover the name, or rather, the nature of their most fierce opponent to the municipal polls of 2014 : the economic crisis. According to Hervé Tréhard, the president of the bankrupcy court, the "balance sheet" of 2012 is quite worrying. 

More and more big companies face difficulties and the number of employees hit by the trouble of their employers, increased from 1 886 in 2011 to 3 292 last year, a sky-rocketing trend of 75%. These figures do not come from Angers only but have an echo with the economic situation of the city. Nation wide, the figures are not very different and the Angers city council as well as Angers Loire Métropole will be challenged by the loss of confidence of voters for their future

Between October 2011 and October 2012, the number of persons without job went over the 15 000, i.e. about 15% in Angers Loire Métropole territory. And few by few the local unemployment rate comes close to the national one. Probably Mr Béatse is aware of that, pointing out during his greetings pledge that he will monitor the usefulness of every euro spent or invested. But that will not eliminate the temptation of Angers (and France) voters to sanction the representatives in office at local level.

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