LGV Bordeaux-Toulouse: in Lot-et-Garonne, the “180 degree turn” of Pierre Chollet surprises the Majority
President of the Departmental Majority group, Christian Dézalos is surprised at the about-face of Pierre Chollet. He also considers that there is nothing to open the debate.
By calling on the president of the departmental council, Sophie Borderie, to organize a special LGV session to discuss the issue of financing the GPSO project, Pierre Chollet expected a reaction from the Departmental Majority. It didn’t take long. Epidermal, it is the place of Christian Dézalos. “It’s a total turnaround, I can not believe my eyes,” loose without overplaying the boss of the Majority group before making a jump back. “I still remember the words of Pierre Chollet when, on October 22, we debated the departmental council on the issue of funding. Before the standing committee, the president brought together the four group presidents to agree on the content of the deliberation. We all agreed to refuse the funding ”.
And to drive the point home: “I even remember that Pierre had proposed that it be a refusal of funding whatever the amount requested. And subsequently, when we had the debate on the amending decision, the president had, as a preamble, informed the assembly that she had been called by the coordinating prefect, by Ms. Delga, by Mr. Rousset and that she had repeated the price decision at the level of the departmental council. There was at that time a first discount. There was a new financial situation. Pierre Chollet reiterated the position of his group. It turns 180 degrees ”.
“Surprised that a politician can radically change his position in a very short time and even though the context has not changed,” Christian Dézalos is not convinced by the discount argument put forward by Pierre Chollet, namely that the financial effort requested from the Department (€ 52M) is now less important. He also brushes aside the history of empty chair politics with the back of his hand. “The president will be involved in decisions that affect Lot-et-Garonne. This is always the case in this kind of case. I was mayor of Boé when the route was decided. The first project meant that the LGV had to cross the Garonne twice at the village of Boé. We mobilized. Jean Dionis had taken a stand. The route is stopped. There will be things to clarify but the Department will be present. It is a false pretext. In reality, what Pierre recommends is to integrate the company of the funders, which means that we have to go for funding from the Department. It is a regrettable inconstancy on his part ”. In the current context, is it however necessary to reopen the debate in session? Christian Dézalos does not believe. “The president speaks but the debates on relevance and funding have already taken place.”
The departmental council of the Pyrénées Atlantique is due to speak soon, the large urban community of the Basque Country as well.