David Lisnard, first of the mayors of France

The 34,000 mayors of the country – at least the 11,577 who took part in the vote – appointed, this Wednesday, November 17, David Lisnard, 52 years old and LR mayor of Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes), to represent them at the head of the powerful Association of Mayors of France (AMF), meeting in congress in Paris.

Son of a professional footballer and a ballet dancer converted in the business, David Lisnard, marathon enthusiast, is a rising star of the right. Chiraquien in his youth, it was in 2008, at age 39, that he joined the governing bodies of the UMP.

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The same year, he was elected general councilor of the Alpes-Maritimes department. Six years later, the dauphin of the outgoing mayor of Cannes becomes the head of the prestigious city. Reelected in the 2020 municipal elections in the first round with one of the best scores of the right (88%), he then becomes a key figure in the opposition.

In ticket with the socialist André Laignel

David Lisnard was elected Wednesday with 60% of the vote. His competitor for the presidency of the AMF, Philippe Laurent (UDI), outgoing secretary general, with a more consensual profile, was presented as having the support of En Marche networks. The career and the personality of David Lisnard inscribe him in the continuity of the seven-year term of François Baroin, a great figure of the right and a formidable man of influence who has succeeded in making the AMF one of the counterpowers of the five-year Hollande then Macron.

Like the mayor of Troyes who had very harsh words against political centralism and the president’s Jupiterian power, David Lisnard overplayed pugnacity. “The Covid crisis reveals the French bureaucratic madness”, this liberal tweeted again on November 15.

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A few months before the presidential election and with the prospect of a probable new candidacy of Emmanuel Macron, the election of David Lisnard can be read as a desire for independence and respect on the part of local elected officials. Especially since the new president is ticketed with the outgoing vice-president, the socialist mayor of Issoudun (Indre) André Laignel. This local finance expert is never in the dark when it comes to defending the interests of communities and attacking the Jacobin state.

This new president of “Fight”, a term that came up regularly from the pen of François Baroin, will however have to be unifying. The surprise announcement of the mayor of Troyes to designate him this summer as his successor made people cringe. The AMF is a cross-party association and a large majority of elected officials from small municipalities keep their distance from political contests. But David Lisnard can be divisive, including on the right, as shown by the call to vote for Philippe Laurent, launched this week by LR president of the Paca region, Renaud Muselier.


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