François Sauvadet, a Burgundian at the head of the Assembly of the departments of France

At the Assembly of French Departments (ADF), where the right and the center are in the majority, the suspense was quite relative. President of the Côte-d’Or departmental council since 2008, the centrist (UDI) François Sauvadet was elected, unsurprisingly, on 27 July as its President. At the age of sixty-eight, he succeeds Dominique Bussereau, the former president (DVD) of Charente-Maritime who has withdrawn from political life.

The elected official Burgundian was sure to win. At the primary internal to the right-wing, center and independent group (DCI) organized a few days earlier, he had won 27 votes, against for Jean-Léonce Dupont, the president (UDI) of Calvados.

Former journalist Son of a farmer and former journalist for the regional daily “Le Bien Public” in Dijon, which he had left in 1993 to devote himself to his mandate as deputy for Côte-d’Or, he intends to “give back all their place to the departments”.

François Sauvadet has defined several priority projects for the term of office 2016 – 2021, which reaffirm the ambition and the central place it wishes to give to the departments, whose “diversity is a force to carry the voice of our fellow citizens in urban, peri-urban, rural and overseas areas”

“Founding Pact” The first of them concerns the relationship with the s ministries, which François Sauvadet intends to clarify. “They should not take the departments for territorial services responsible for implementing their directives,” insists the new president of the ADF.

The second relates to the means necessary for their leadership role of solidarity. It is also, according to him, to propose a “founding pact, a realistic vision of what should be our departments in the decentralized Republic which we call of our wishes, with the couple commune / department at the heart of the republican proximity” . Another priority displayed: the return to fiscal leeway allowing the departments to ensure their independence.

Vast program for the one who was Minister of the Civil Service under Sarkozy, between 2011 and 2011, before resigning from the National Assembly in 2016 to avoid multiple mandates. Unhappy candidate for the greater Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, in 2015, facing the socialist Marie- Guite Dufay , François Sauvadet was reelected at the beginning of July at the head of the department of Côte-d’Or.