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Bruno Julliard and Anne Hidalgo, a Parisian divorce

Bruno Julliard, in Paris, in June 2015.

For the past two years, the bond of trust between the mayor and his deputy has become weaker. Their disagreements had become difficult to overcome.

It’s a theatrical twist but especially a thunderclap for Anne Hidalgo. Not only his first deputy in charge of culture, Bruno Julliard, 37, leaves the Parisian executive, but he leaves with loss and smash. Although thoughtful for several months, his decision is not a whim. On the other hand, the elected Parisian kept secret his programmed departure, until the last moment. He was to announce, Monday, September 17, to the mayor of Paris, face to face in his office.

Tormented at the thought of appearing as the one who leaves the ship, Bruno Julliard spent his summer writing a text he had planned to address to the elected officials of the majority to convince them that his plan is not not to weaken his side. “His decision is an intimate journey. This is neither a masked revenge nor the premise of a rebound career plan, “says communicator Philippe Grangeon, president of the agency for economic development and innovation Paris & Co. Member of the Executive Board of The Republic on the march and very close to the Elysée Palace, also a long-time friend of Bertrand Delanoë, Mr. Grangeon is one of the few that Mr. Julliard has put in the secret, with the former mayor of Paris. But if they know the reasons for his decision, neither of the two men took part.

With the departure of Bruno Julliard, Anne Hidalgo loses the one that the elected Parisians considered as his “prime minister”. Number two of the executive, a transmission belt between the mayor and his deputies and the kingpin of the majority, Mr. Julliard was involved in all matters. The proximity of the first deputy, elected to the Paris Council since 2008, and the mayor is old.

At the time, it is considered by Bertrand Delanoë as a war. The mayor of Paris spotted it in the spring of 2006 during the student movement against the first job contract (CPE). President of UNEF, Mr. Julliard, student in public law .

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