Loire. Video blackmail: humor and derision in town and on social networks

“Stéphanois, you are invited to the farewell party of Gaël Perdriau and his clique on Monday September 26 at 5.30 p.m. on the town hall square. The invitation, in black and white, is displayed everywhere in downtown Saint-Étienne this Wednesday, September 21. On the candelabras in front of the premises of the Métropole, the doors of the Museum of Art and Industry, the forecourt of the Châteaucreux station. It reproduces a photo of Gaël Perdriau, mayor and president of Saint-Étienne metropolis, in full turmoil since the revelation, almost a month ago, of an intimate video blackmail, targeting his former first deputy.

It is accompanied by a sentence taken from a recording broadcast by Mediapart, whose investigation is at the origin of the case. These are the words of Pierre Gauttieri, chief of staff until his ousting on September 20: “If you do that [dénoncer le chantage dont il est victime au procureur de la République, NDLR], all parents of students who are in the same class as your children will receive a copy of the film. This false invitation refers to the demonstration scheduled for next Monday, the day when the municipal council is to meet.

Making fun of the turpitudes of elected officials, a classic in democracy

On social networks too, messages of indignation are not lacking. But for several days, it is the field of humor that Internet users have been investing in.

Making fun of the turpitudes of elected officials is classic. Since Athens, democracy has always reserved a good place for derision and satire. L’Impertinent42 has understood this well who, on Twitter, sometimes posts nice messages. Such as this dispatch which adds, by mistake, three letters to the first name of the mayor, designating him as Gabriel Perdriau. The Saint-Etienne twitto comments: “Gaël Perdriau changes his first name to escape justice”.

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Sometimes, his messages are more scathing: “History with a very small h will remember that Pierre Gauttieri was sacked the very day that six NGOs took legal action against the digging up of badgers in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes”.

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Many seen, the pun on the Partridge of the year

We cannot name all the Internet users who thought, from the first days, of the easy pun on the name of the mayor. After the eviction of his right arm, Rolland believes that the mayor “is trying to save time but he should know that it is in vain. It is not a Partridge of the year”.

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Another pun with this Facebook user who was the first to comment on a post on the departure of the chief of staff with this English phrase: Let’s go thierry (in reference to Gauttieri, surname of the dircab).

Political activists are no exception. Libertarians publish a list of 12 reasons for which it is necessary to be interested in the hashtag #Perdriaudmission. The first of them: “Because Saint-Étienne goes back to Ligue 1 political scandals”. Football again with this parody account of ASSE supporters announcing the arrival of the mayor at the head of the club: “Convinced by the mayor’s know-how, the shareholders appoint Gaël Perdriau as president of the club. The latter has already announced that he has “full of referee videos”.

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“Who is the strongest? »

Those who have the memory of political setbacks at the highest level will understand Martin’s reference for whom the mayor “is going to give us a Fillon: to deny the evidence to the end, to sink into denial, to cry conspiracy after having touched the bottom “.

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Parody always – well, we suppose – with this newly created Twitter account under the name Support for Samy Kéfi-Jérôme and Gaël Perdriau.

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He comments on articles with the formula: “The presumption of innocence for an innocent”. An account that no one follows at the moment.

This is not the case for the keyword Saint-Étienne which, on several occasions since the start of the affair, has raised the city in the top Twitter trends. This was the case with the publication of the last recordings incriminating the mayor and his dircab, as noted by a Stéphanois supporter (also a journalist).

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He publishes a screenshot of France trends which shows Sextape de Saint-Étienne in the first instance with this comment: “Who is the strongest? »

Loire. Video blackmail: humor and derision in town and on social networks