The case is gaining momentum. For the past few days, an unprecedented mobilization has been organized to protest against the dismissal of the prefect of Indre-et-Loire Marie Lajus, replaced on December 7 by Patrice Latron in the Council of Ministers, on the proposal of the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin .
Locally, his replacement is perceived as a dismissal and very quickly messages of support for the former prefect, who arrived in Tours in 2020, flourished on social networks. In a grandstand at World, broadcast on Monday, around fifty local elected officials, heads of associations, senators from the departments of Ariège, Charente and Indre-et-Loire, where the prefect has exercised, are protesting against this decision. “An injustice”, in their eyes.
“Dismissed for having enforced the law of town planning”
They rely in particular on an article in the Canard enchaîné of December 14 ensuring that she would have been dismissed following interventions by elected representatives of the majority with Gérald Darmanin.
It is explained that Marie Lajus has drawn the wrath of elected officials for opposing the project to set up an incubator for start-ups and researchers, called Da Vinci Labs, in an unbuildable wooded area in the park. of the Château Louise-de-la-Vallière, in Reugny, near Tours. She had warned the elected officials, according to concordant sources, that if they decided to make the land constructible, she would be obliged to attack the legality of this decision in the name of the Climate and Resilience Law.
In this forum, the signatories salute “the professionalism” of the prefect, “her impartiality, her probity and her humanity”. “We affirm our full and complete support for Marie Lajus and, through her, for those who work on a daily basis to respect the law. They call on President Emmanuel Macron to repair “this injustice”. A petition, initiated by Charentais and entitled “Marie Lajus, an honest prefect” collected Wednesday afternoon nearly 2,000 signatures.
Questioned by AFP, the office of the Minister of the Interior argued that the appointments of prefects fell “within the discretionary power of the executive”. No further comment. The prefect’s life is such that his “lease is only for seven days”. Seven days, the average time between two councils of ministers. “It is part of the function (of prefect) to be able to skip a Tuesday”, eve of the Council of Ministers, noted one of them.
These senior civil servants, whose body will disappear to merge next January 1 into that of “State administrators”, have the mission of implementing public policies in their department and are therefore the armed arms of the rulers.
A video that irritates the majority
The broadcast on social networks of a video taken the day of his departure from the prefecture of Tours has also irritated the majority. We see Marie Lajus brandishing the article, put under glass, from the Canard enchaîné. A gift from his collaborators. “It’s disloyal”, dropped a member of the majority. “The broadcast of this video was not of his doing. Just as she has nothing to do with the petition or the platform”, assures those around her who fear that all this ultimately not serve it.
In a press release, the municipal council of Reugny assured “that no form of pressure has been exerted by the municipal elected officials in charge of the file” and denounced “such schemes, if they are proven”, before “s associated with the tribute paid” to Maris Lajus “as to his qualities of probity, integrity and his keen sense of the general interest”.