Saturday, July 9, 2016

Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt sign their merger – Les Echos

the municipalities of Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts -de-Seine, adopted Saturday their proposed merger, which must give birth to a new city by 2018, bring together 200,000 people at the gates of Paris.

Each of them side, the municipal councils of both cities have adopted the most common deliberation in favor of the merger, told AFP the town of Boulogne-Billancourt. “Studies will now be launched to the realization of the project,” she said.

The mayors of the two cities, André Santini (IDUs) in Issy and Pierre -Christophe Baguet (LR) at Boulogne, had formalized the marriage project there four months. Main objective: bring these two bastions firmly embedded right into a behemoth that would weigh in the metropolis of Greater Paris, and receive more money from the state for the new group, while allocations celui- these communes falling.

the project would create the 12th largest city in France, southwest of Paris, and generate 150,000 jobs, according to the interested parties.

But it raises against it the municipal opposition in both cities, regardless of their political affiliation, various right in Boulogne, Issy socialist. They accuse including two mayors not wanting to submit the merger to a vote of residents, while this project was included in any program in the municipal elections of 2014.

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A local referendum would be “almost impossible”, has already supported Pierre-Christophe Baguet, because of too much stress, particularly on the minimum threshold for participation. The people should only be consulted to choose the name of the new town.

Issy-les-Moulineaux and Boulogne-Billancourt are themselves already common issues merge in the early twentieth century. Issy Les Moulineaux and to one side, Boulogne Billancourt and the other

If it comes to an end, the marriage between the two cities would be unprecedented: the largest municipal merger date of 20 June, between the town of Annecy (Haute-Savoie) and five neighboring municipalities to create a set of 122,000 inhabitants.

Source AFP

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