25 March, 2013

The Angers economic difficulties could invite themselves in the 2014 municipal ballot

By the end of the next twelve months, Angers inhabitants will have to elect a new town council and, in fact, a new mayor. Several persons having chances to win are already in the starting blocks, both in the majority side and the opposition side of the municipality. But all will face a difficulty

Frédéric Béatse, current mayor, but elected because of the dismissal of the former mayor, and Jean-Luc Rotureau, his challenger, both members of the Socialist Party, will need the support of the whole Angers left. On the opposition side, Christophe Béchu is the favourite but will need the support of the Centrist, Laurent Gérault. But all of them, face a very serious foe : the economic crisis. 

That one again has worsened the economic and social situation of the city. Between January 2012 and January 2013, the number of jobless people has increased by 13%. Today, about 24 000 persons are unemployed in Angers and nothing is in view, locally, nationaly or internationaly, to break that trend. Many circumstances could explain such a phenomena but it is clear that Angers will have to find, by itself and in itself, the means to overcome that evolution rather than waiting the economic recovery after the crisis like the sun after the rain. 

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