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The 100th congress of the ociation of mayors of France (AMF), porte de Versailles, in Paris, November 21, 2017. Sebastien SORIANO/Le Figaro
TESTIMONIALS – Under the weight of the mental and administrative burden, elected officials from small towns sometimes go so far as to resign.
It’s been a long time since she’s had a long night’s sleep. But Nadine Vernhes is used to it. She knows her phone can ring at any time. Because a neighborhood quarrel has not been resolved, a tree has fallen on the road or the village hall current has jumped. As mayor of Centers (Aveyron) and its 400 inhabitants, she knows that she must be available at all times. It’s already her third term in twenty years, so Nadine Vernhes is used to it. But this time, she warns,this is the last time».
In 2014, the city councilor had already taken a break. Like all elected officials whose number of citizens does not exceed 500, his allowance was limited to 1026 euros gross per month, and it became difficult to reconcile his agricultural exploitation and the management of his commune. In 2020, encouraged by its inhabitants and approaching retirement, Nadine Vernhes returned there.
Without the enthusiasm of the beginnings but with the desire to bring the “dynamism”