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The mayor taken into custody in a case of misappropriation of public funds

François Cuillandre has been at the head of the city of Brest since 2001. – FRED TANNEAU / AFP

Thunderclap in Brest! The mayor,
François Cuillandre, was placed in custody and auditioned by the judicial police, Tuesday morning, within the framework of the investigation on the payment of the allowances of the elected PS. He came out free in the middle of the afternoon.

Two former assistants indicted

Two of his former assistant Brest, Alain Masson, also former first vice-president of the metropolis, and Jean-Luc Polard, were also placed in custody. Presented to an examining magistrate on Tuesday evening, they were indicted, the first for "breach of trust" and the second for "complicity in breach of trust," says Le Télégramme.

Following revelations from the Telegram, the Brest public prosecutor's office opened in May 2018 a preliminary inquiry
embezzlement of public funds. In its viewfinder, the management of allowances of socialist elected representatives of the metropolis through the association Vivre à Brest. The elected PS paid their compensation in a common pot before a redistribution according to the amounts.

The management of the allowances of the PS elected officials in question

But according to the survey, Alain Masson perceived for at least four years his compensation elected municipal and community (4,400 euros net) in addition to a monthly sum of 3,470 euros, taken in the common pot. Moreover, the payment of this sum would not have been decided at the end of a vote of the association and would not have been declared to the fisc.

The two former elected members had resigned from their mandate in this case. François Cuillandre, who according to him no longer has a role in Vivre à Brest since 2001, claimed to have been "betrayed" by Alain Masson. The mayor assured however that "no euro was diverted to the detriment of Brest".



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