The marketing campaign can lastly begin Nancy ! The outgoing mayor Laurent Hénart, elected in 2014 is lastly formally a candidate. Already launched in a pre-campaign since September 2019, the elected official intends to win a second mandate. This Friday, January 24, 2020, lower than two months from the primary spherical of municipal elections, he acquired Lorraine Information in his workplace.
His evaluation, his first marketing campaign proposals: he unveiled his first guarantees on ecology, cleanliness, commerce, transport, tradition, pupil life, well being and even day by day life. Interview and movies.
Lorraine Information. After six years in workplace as head of Nancy, are you able to Laurent Hénart verify that you’re a candidate for the 2020 municipal elections?
Laurent Hénart. Sure after all. I’m with out hesitation a candidate to be the mayor of Nancy within the coming years. It’s a choice that’s pure as a result of, from the beginning, I positioned myself on the very long time. Most of the initiatives undertaken since 2014 are initiatives which, partly, can be carried out in 2021, 2022 and even 2023.
The elections enable to resume or not the arrogance pact between the mayor, the municipal workforce and the inhabitants. But it surely shouldn’t be a restrict to the ambition for town and to the scope of the initiatives that we defend, quite the opposite.
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"Ecologically exemplary metropolis"
In case you are re-elected, what could be your imaginative and prescient for this new time period?
My imaginative and prescient is that of a metropolis that has every part it must arrange as a significant European metropolis. It’s the imaginative and prescient of a constructive metropolis. Moreover, that is the title of the venture, of the listing, but additionally the marketing campaign line: Nancy constructive. All this for 2 causes:
To begin with, we’re in a nationwide local weather of confrontation, verbal and typically bodily violence. We see the motion of yellow vests and the battle over retirement on the nationwide degree.
On the native degree, there are numerous political actors who bask in "Nancy bashing" once I suppose that Nancy's individuals are happy with their metropolis and that they anticipate above all to be mobilized positively.
Nancy can be constructive as a result of I would like town to be exemplary on the ecological degree but additionally that each one the inhabitants stay properly there, discover their place there, with concrete actions on schooling, safety and even social coverage.
All this additionally includes a means of animating town with direct democracy, citizen votes … It isn’t as a result of we had a municipal election that every part is settled for six years. I discover it regular to repeatedly renew the democratic contract.
"I’m something however an inheritor"
You succeeded André Rossinot, after 30 years on the head of town. Do you’ve got the sensation of being his "inheritor", as many might say or write?
I didn’t inherit something, I received the election. I’ve been elected a member of Parliament thrice by successful elections. I turned mayor of this metropolis as a result of I received the elections clearly. Towards the forecasts of newspapers or roughly dependable polls.
So I’m simply something however an inheritor. As well as, life has taught me to struggle. I used to be not a celebration everlasting, cupboard counselor … I additionally didn’t inherit something from my mother and father. I’ve modest mother and father, a instructor mom and a father within the native trade.
I needed to examine, succeed, work in a enterprise within the banking sector. I joined the bar of Nancy. Till my election as mayor, I taught regulation and was a lawyer. Nothing has ever been given to me and I’m very glad as a result of it’s my imaginative and prescient of life. Life is realizing how one can empower your self.
There’s all the identical a political filiation with André Rossinot…
We share values and ideas. I’m radical, hooked up to a steadiness between freedom and solidarity, I consider in political Europe, decentralization and native initiative, like him. Sure, we’re from the identical political household, a household from the middle, a household that’s each liberal and social, clearly European and decentralizing. Afterwards, like him too, I received the elections which enabled me to accede to my mandates. I used to be by no means appointed, I at all times received the polls.
He defends a "basis mandate"
Through the 2014 marketing campaign, in L'Express, is that this quote the place you say "Why ought to we break every part?" Town of Nancy is functioning properly, gaining inhabitants, and is without doubt one of the finest outfitted in France. A lot of the work is completed, my mandate can be a ending mandate, not main initiatives. Will probably be essential to delve into the main points, to unravel the issues which can be rising right here or there however to not revolutionize every part. Six years later, can we are saying that your mandate was a mandate of "ending and never large initiatives"?
I believe it was a founding mandate. What’s that ? It’s initially a mandate the place the neighborhood is in working order. I remind you that we had an unprecedented drop in state grants, that it took Nancy and the Metropolis to fully reorganize the neighborhood in order to not increase taxes and debt, whereas investing extra. The providers work for the good thing about the inhabitants and now we have invested greater than 100 million euros in main initiatives such because the Palace of the Dukes of Lorraine or the Villa Majorelle. Or on on a regular basis topics like faculties, planting bushes and renovating the automotive fleet in order that it’s totally ecological.
A metropolis in good working order isn’t solely a wholesome funds and a well-managed neighborhood, additionally it is to take the flip of sure public insurance policies as a result of society adjustments. I see at the least 4 on which adjustments have been made.
Ecology "is not the monopoly of a clan"
First, the economic system. Nancy was historically a metropolis moderately turned in the direction of the administration and it’s mandatory in addition to to stay a metropolis of public command. I additionally fought for the rectorate to be in Nancy on the time of the merger with Alsace and Champagne, for the Regional Well being Company to be in Nancy, that we preserve the course of the roads and waterways, or that we preserve our jurisdictions. So we took a business-oriented flip. An financial venture for the Metropolis adopted unanimously by all elected officers on the finish of 2016, and for the reason that figures of enterprise creation which place us among the many finest French metropolises and on the forefront of the metropolises of the East.
Second actual change: Safety, which was a debate throughout the earlier marketing campaign. I needed to strengthen the municipal police, it was and even was outfitted with firearms. Now we have developed an city surveillance middle that can enable us to go additional in suppressing incivility due to a high-performance and responsive video system with greater than 200 cameras on the Metropolis. Now we have due to this fact taken a brand new course when it comes to safety, which appears to be not contested by the candidates on the listing at this time.
Third main change: schooling, with bilingual, digital faculties, the return of nature in faculties, the need to place an ATSEM per class, a reform of college rhythms handed in a peaceable method due to a direct vote of the mother and father of pupils. We additionally provide free extracurricular actions, social and household pricing, the 1 euro canteen, and so on.
Lastly, there’s the flip of the ecological transition. Some get up after the European elections as a result of there was a rating of greens. In Nancy, we have been capable of present that ecology was not the monopoly of a clan, to indicate that we may work with the college, voluntary corporations or the Metropolis, construct a roadmap of ecological transition to 10 years, interact in concrete topics, and never be in an ecology of prohibition, punishment or taxation. I believe these are developments that no person desires to return to at this time. So, I consider now we have laid the foundations of a contemporary, European, open metropolis and I consider that there are different phases forward of us with different initiatives.
"We will't do every part in six years"
Over these six years, regrets, failures, constructive?
The remorse that each one mayors have isn’t with the ability to do every part they take note of. However you’ll be able to't do every part in six years. That’s the explanation why we needed to construct a metropolis venture, to placed on paper what we thought it potential to do or decide to in six years. From this viewpoint, it makes it potential to offer an account to the inhabitants and to indicate them that this metropolis venture has been virtually totally carried out. There are lower than a dozen proposals that haven’t been carried out and we will clarify why. So the phrase was stored and that appears basic to me.
10,000 houses renovated and constructed
Within the 2014 marketing campaign program, it mentioned "renovate eight,000 houses and construct 2,000 vitality environment friendly houses by 2020". The place are we at this time?
We went a little bit additional on the constructions since now we have three,500 houses which can be being constructed or beneath development and we’re approaching the 7,000 renovated houses. We’re on this world determine of 10,000. Observe that now we have nevertheless moved the cursor a little bit. Why ? As a result of we want appropriate housing for the aged. Everyone knows that the best for these individuals is to remain so long as potential of their residence. Subsequently, now we have undertaken lots of work in order that housing might be tailored or adaptable. So we’re within the nails.
I lately visited a development website within the former Bonsecours elementary college, virtually 120 houses are constructed with a precedence given to younger households for the reason that worth per sq. meter has been decreased by the investor to permit younger couples to settle . That’s the range of the populations.
I additionally visited Operation Maringer Villemin with 750 houses the place it was clearly seen that we had the perfect vitality requirements within the metropolis and among the many finest within the East of France.
If now we have stunning examples of ecological constructions, it is very important do not forget that they’re ecological constructions with lots of social housing accessible to modest individuals.
"I wish to create a cleansing brigade with 40 brokers"
In 2014, the target was additionally talked about of getting 100 brokers devoted to the surveillance of public house. The place are we ?
The 100 brokers are current. Amongst them, 70 municipal cops, who I recall are armed. In some unspecified time in the future, it might be essential to have the municipal police perform missions that justify such tools. There are additionally 20 park wardens who’re extra on a prevention mission within the metropolis's 49 parks, squares and gardens and round. Then we arrange a residing atmosphere brigade on parking and cleanliness points, which features a dozen officers.
In order that makes a workforce of 100 individuals. I believe the emphasis isn’t on the municipal police however on cleanliness. In my opinion, I consider that the missions of the residing atmosphere brigade needs to be clarified and the emphasis positioned on cleanliness by leaving the parking administration to the non-public service supplier recruited by the Metropolis.
So a brigade that may grow to be a cleansing brigade and whose workers could be elevated from 10 to 40 brokers.
What about recruitment into the municipal police?
With regard to recruitment into the municipal police, I believe that we should keep the present fee, two to 3 officers per yr. Particularly since we now have video surveillance and that we profit from a significant instrument which is the city surveillance middle. This permits us to look at in actual time 200 cameras on the agglomeration, to intervene and to ship patrols instantly. Moreover, in my view, the event of video surveillance isn’t completed.
Cleanliness, safety, transport, commerce, tradition, pupil life … What are your first proposals?
Laurent Hénart unveiled his first proposals on this video interview.
Interview by Amandine Mehl and Nicolas Zaugra