Heavily condemned for embezzlement, on Tuesday, February 9, the former mayor of Montauban Brigitte Barèges will be tried on appeal, this Thursday, October 28 in Toulouse.
The sentence had caused a political earthquake in the Tarn-et-Garonne. Sentenced to 5 years of ineligibility, on Tuesday February 9, 2021, the mayor Les Républicains (LR) of Montauban, Brigitte Barège, was forced to immediately leave all her functions after 20 years at the head of the municipal council and the presidency of the agglomeration of Grand Montauban. The elected had then appealed this sentence with “provisional execution”. It is therefore this Thursday, October 28, at 9 a.m., that Brigitte Barège has an appointment in front of the correctional appeals chamber, in Toulouse, to plead his case again and hope for a less severe sentence.
The verdict will not be known for a few weeks of deliberation. Appointment is made before the Christmas holidays to know the fate of the elected and, possibly, the future of the municipal council of Montauban.
A case of embezzlement of public funds
The former mayor of Montauban was sentenced to 5 years of ineligibility as well as 12 months suspended prison sentence and a fine of 15,000 euros for acts of embezzlement of public funds. A case which also involved Jean-Paul Froment, a municipal agent and Alain Paga, the director of the Petit Journal. Jean-Paul Froment having been paid by Brigitte Barège, with municipal money, to write articles in his favor in the local newspaper.