The mayor of Bordeaux Pierre Hurmic sanctioned the municipal councilor Pascale Roux because of a conflict of interest. The elected official who was in charge of international relations is blamed for having made the collectivity buy works of art from one of his relatives. His delegation was withdrawn following an investigation by the General Inspectorate of Services.
According to our colleagues from South West, the case came to light on Tuesday during the last city council, but the sanction would have been several weeks after the conclusions of the internal investigation were given to the mayor.
The facts relate to purchases, in early 2020, of lithographs and mascarons from the artist Pierre Lafage for an amount of 1,900 euros. Pascale Roux would have suggested the name of this painter in the service of international relations who wanted to treat his stock of gifts for foreign visitors passing through Bordeaux.
Alerted in spring 2021, the general inspectorate of services conducted an investigation which revealed the close professional and personal ties between the elected official and the artist.
A procedure for restitution and reimbursement of works of art is in progress. Pascale Roux was elected to the majority list with the label of the Mouvement des progressistes, a political formation founded around the former secretary of the French Communist Party Robert Hue