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  • Michèle Rubirola was elected mayor of Marseille on July 6. 

  • Six months after her election, the mayor of Marseille will resign, said on Tuesday Julien Bayou, the national secretary of the Europe Ecology Les Verts party.

The rumor had already swelled for several hours.

Six months after being elected mayor of Marseille, the ecologist Michèle Rubirola will resign for "health reasons", said Julien Bayou, the national secretary of the Europe Ecology Les Verts party.

Michèle Rubirola should announce it to the press on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Michèle Rubirola's debut as mayor was notably marked by an absence of more than a month from September, due to serious health problems.

At the end of this long convalescence, an article in

Le Monde

had caused a stir, affirming that the mayor had planned to stay only three months at the head of the second city in France.

"They came to get me"

Asked by journalists about a possible resignation during his tenure, the city council had a surprising response.

“Listen, unless I die tomorrow… I say 'here and now'.

Carpe Diem.

If tomorrow I get run over I won't be here.

If I didn't get run over, I would still be here.


During the campaign, Michèle Rubirola had never hidden the fact that she had no ambition to be the first magistrate of Marseille.

“Some [of the Marseilles Spring] were there to be at the top of the list, indeed confided the councilor at 

20 Minutes

 in an interview published during the in-between rounds.

Me no.

I was there to participate.

Being a health assistant, I was more part of it.

“Moreover, last week, Michèle Rubirola, a doctor by profession, had decided to take this delegation up to now entrusted to the ecologist Christine Juste.

The designation of Michèle Rubirola as head of the Marseille Spring list was made after a long and difficult process of union of the left to put an end to the twenty-five years in power of the right led by the former mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin.

Leader of the local Socialist Party, the current first deputy Benoît Payan, contested by other elected officials of the left, had given up being head of the municipal list to allow this union of part of France Insubordinate to the PS.

It remains to be seen who will take over from the city councilor at the next municipal council scheduled for Monday.


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