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Powers of the Maire

Good Evening everybody. I realise that the Maire of a Commune has quite considerable power and influence, but I wonder whether there is anywhere to air a grievance concerning a Maire, an authority that he/she has to answer to?
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Depending on where you are they may be responsible to the head of the canton - maire of the head town in the area - but ultimately they will be responsible to the Conseil General for your department.

All I would say is tread very, very carefully. These are elected positions and the maires are generally held in high esteem - even by those who hate the individuals with a vengeance.

Perhaps there is another way, if you are prepared to share your grievance.
Andy

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Agree with Andy, BD, tread very carefully on this. That being said, I do know one case where a maire was taken to court and lost, but the plaintiff had great resilience and power.
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Mayors do upset people, it goes with the job because people want different things and they can't please everyone. Before you start getting third parties involved you want to establish how much support you would have in the commune, because if you start anything it will be talked about and people will take sides. Don't forget that most of them voted for him or he wouldn't be in office, and no doubt they will have had their ups and downs with him over the years but he's still "their" mayor.
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At this point in time we have seen a mediator at the Prefecture, who has written to the Maire. The story is too long to go into detail, but I just wanted to know whether they had to answer to anyone or, as I suspected, they are a supreme power. As the issue has been on-going for 4 years now, I don’t want to drag it out even longer.
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AFAIK they don't answer to anyone as such but they do have to make sure that national and local laws are adhered to which obviously cover a lot of areas, and they have specific responsibilities. If they don't observe the law or they don't meet their responsibilities then they are answerable in that sense. Beyond that, a lot is left up to their judgement. If no laws are being broken or going unobserved in the commune, and they are not turning a blind eye to problems, but are just making poor decisions and not running the commune well, all you can do is not elect them again. Some mayors are better than others. In some communes nobody wants to be mayor but someone has to be.
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Problems with maires are frequently related to land deals, land use and planning permissions. In small communities it is frequent that people in power may have direct or indirect interests in decisions. IME.
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Indeed. A Maire or two ago here was ‘unfrocked’ over some dodgy tax arrangements which advantaged his brother, who BTW was / remains the major employer in the area.

It created a hell of a fuss here, with the old ‘clan’ disputes surfacing. Only now, after 7 or 8 years, is it beginning to subside, although I doubt that it has been forgotten by the two sides.

Tread carefully.


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