Julien Ravier, second from the left, next to Martine Vassal, in the center. (archives) - CLEMENT MAHOUDEAU / AFP

The police raided this Tuesday the town hall of the 11th and 12th arrondissements of Marseille, kept by Les Républicains at the end of the second round of the municipal elections, as part of an investigation into suspicions of proxy fraud, has it been learned from judicial sources.

The preliminary investigation, opened in mid-June by the prosecution on possible "fraudulent maneuvers" in order to establish proxies of voters and for "forgery and uses of forgery", "continues", confirmed to the AFP the prosecutor of Marseille Dominique Laurens.

Sector won by LR

It had been opened after revelations about potentially fraudulent practices in the camp of candidate LR Martine Vassal. Investigators also dug the trail of questionable proxies established in numbers in a retirement home in the 11th and 12th districts.

This sector, led by Julien Ravier (LR), is one of the three that the Les Républicains list managed to keep in the second round (35.37%) on Sunday evening. After a campaign under tension interspersed with incidents, the Union of the Left (Printemps Marseillais), which obtained 34.1% of the votes cast, is considering an appeal which could allow these results to be contested.

The stake is capital for the second city of France, the only one where the municipal exit is still open, because the poll takes place by sectors and no absolute majority was released for the election on Saturday by the council municipal of the mayor who will succeed Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR).


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