When the mayor of Chartres refuses 2,000 jobs

Jean-Pierre Gorges loudly proclaims that he has refused to offer a logistic platform to avoid increasing precariousness and preserving the social mix.

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The cathedral of Chartres (Eure-et-Loir), in February 2017.

The case is surprising, while employment is the top priority of local elected officials. It dates back to spring, but it has just been brought to the public square by Jean-Pierre Gorges, Chartres's mayor without label (Eure-et-Loir).

The former Republican-elect, who is also president of Chartres Métropole, revealed on Wednesday November 7th a public of company executives who had rejected the offer to implement a logistics platform in spring 2018. The name of the project sponsor has not been disclosed. The offer in question, however, resulted in the creation of 2,000 jobs on a 20-hectare site in a city where the unemployment rate reached 9%.

The group in question plans to settle on land located in the commercial area of ​​the Jardin d'Entreprises, north-east of Chartres, a short distance from the access to the A 11 motorway, the RN 10 and a possible exit of the future A 154, whose commissioning could take place in 2022. The prefecture of Eure-et-Loir is located in a crossroads that connects Normandy to the West and to the South-West from France. This is 85 kilometers from Paris.

"I want to stimulate endogenous development"

To justify his choice that could surprise in a conglomeration that many people will work in Paris, the elected one referred to the annoyance caused by the circulation of 50,000 trucks per month, to the sociological equilibrium of his city and the fragility of the type of planned job creation.

"I would have said yes if I was looking for a shot, to say: look, I just created 2,000 jobs! I prefer to think about the demography and sociology of Chartres I want to live in a city where there is a real social mix (…)and I want to stimulate endogenous development. At Chartres, we take care first of all of the companies that are present and are developing », explained the mayor, ensuring that the 2,000 post creation planned covered "Unskilled and low paid jobs working in 3×8. " And the apostle adds: "We have experienced this kind of situation in the department.Dreux has long benefited from important creations of this type of car use, then from Philips.Today, companies have all pulled out, and Dreux, who was early, now he lives a labor crisis. "

The mayor of Chartres believes that the workstations at stake were at risk, in the medium term, being automated. It is this perception of the economy and development that he exposed to 450 businessmen on Wednesday in the context of his exchanges with the business community. He was not afraid to say that if he had not been sure of this direction, he would not have made the decision to present himself in the municipal elections of 2020 to run for a fourth term. "It's a political choice, I think of Chartres in forty or fifty years!"

Dreux was ready to jump on that occasion

But what is not considered appropriate in the land of Beauce may seem more attractive to the north of the department. LR Mayor of Dreux, in office since 1995, Gerard Hamel does not hide that he was ready to jump on the occasion of the discovery of the logistics platform project. "He was at a meal six months ago, after explaining why he was not acting, Jean-Pierre Gorges asked me if I was interested in. I approached the services of the Economic Development Committee of the region where I was I sit down to put together a file They already knew about this project, my team proposed a plot of 24 hectares, our proposal was transmitted but not kept " he complains about the city.

The unemployment rate is 13% in Dreux. Between 2008 and 2013, employment areas in both cities lost 16,000 jobs. They trade almost 7,000 commuters a day.

More than 13,000 residents in the Dreux work area will work daily in the Paris and Yvelines work areas. There are 25 000 to do the same from the region of Chartres. The story does not say what they think of the initiative of Mr. Gorges …

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