30 September, 2013

Christophe Béchu opens his aggregating blog

Less than a month after the announcement of his candidacy to the Angers mayor office, Christophe Béchu starts to formalise its platform through a new blog www.angersbechu.fr. Under the title, "For a new municipal contract", Mr Béchu analyses the Angers situation and gives his vision about the job of the Angers mayor. In his essay, the senator and president of the Conseil général de Maine-et-Loire holds the current municipal team responsible of a "drop" of Angers face to other Western cities : the town "lost 5 000 inhabitants between the last two census [2004 and 2010]" and recorded "an exponential unemployment : +33,5% in Angers between June 2009 and June 2013".

Credit : www.angersbechu.fr
According to Christophe Béchu, "Angers has real assets but a sizeable handicap : the inertia of the last town councils, breathless and weary". If he praises Jean Monnier (the socialist mayor of Angers from 1977 until 1998), he tackles the current and previous Angers mayors, Frédéric Béatse and Jean-Claude Antonini, for their "petty arrangements [which] override the common interest, even on condition of legality", a clear allusion to the resignation of Mr Antonini in 2012 in favor of his deputy-mayor Mr Béatse, for the mayor office, what also led another former deputy-mayor, Jean-Luc Rotureau, to be himself candidate in 2014 municipal polls.

For Mr Béchu, "the time for action has come" in several directions : entrepreneurship", the "reinstatement of the dialog with store owners and actors of the economic and social circles" instead of "an appearant participative democracy". In his manifesto, Christophe Béchu also unveils some of the main lines of his action once elected. "If a governing principle is necessary : it must be the vegetable. Angers, vegetable capital? I sign with both hands", points out the candidate who wants "to stop the over densification of free areas". In the weeks to come, Angevins should have knowledge about the projects of Christophe Béchu in "employment and economic development", two top priorities of his administration.

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