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Blackmail in Saint-Étienne: the secrets of a resignation

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The foot change caught everyone off guard. Just after saying Thursday, September 22, in an interview with Le Progrès, that he did not intend to leave his post as education assistant for the city of Saint-Étienne, Samy Kéfi-Jérôme took the opposite decision, from the next day, by presenting his resignation from his mandates as municipal and metropolitan councilor to the prefect of the Loire. In a press release relayed by the local press on Friday, September 23, at 1 p.m., the 42-year-old local elected official “deplored today the personal attacks [il fait] object” and “noted that the conditions for exercising [ses] functions are no longer combined. The context of this flash reversal? Mediapart had contacted Me Mathias Chichportich, one of Samy Kéfi-Jérôme’s lawyers, a few hours before the announcement of his resignation, as part of the upcoming publication of new, particularly compromising information concerning him. These elements are based on a sound recording, excerpts from which Mediapart broadcasts (to listen to below), of a conversation, in October 2016, between Samy Kéfi-Jérôme and Gilles Artigues, the assistant whom he filmed at his unwittingly in a hotel room after their joint victory in the 2014 municipal elections. Samy Kéfi-Jérôme is involved in the blackmail case against Gilles Artigues. © Photo illustration Sebastien Calvet / Mediapart with REA and MaxPPP The film was shot on January 5, 2015, when Samy Kéfi-Jérôme and Gilles Artigues traveled to a meeting of elected officials in Paris. With Mediapart, Gilles Rossary-Lenglet, former spouse of Samy Kéfi-Jérôme, told how he had, with his ex-companion, decided to organize an evening with an escort boy in order to film him in the company of Gilles Artigues, family man with conservative Catholic values. A montage based on extracts from the video, bearing the title “In bed with Gilles Artigues”, was then shown, in October 2016, by Samy Kéfi-Jérôme to the victim of this kompromat in order to blackmail him politically, as Gilles Artigues told investigators from the Lyon judicial police. The challenge: that the centrist Artigues does not emancipate himself from the municipal majority of the mayor Les Républicains (LR) Gaël Perdriau and supports a possible candidacy for the 2017 legislative elections of Samy Kéfi-Jérôme. The latter criticized at the time Gilles Artigues, with whom he was campaigning within the MoDem, for not leaving him enough room in the elections. In the recorded conversation, which takes place a few days after the revelation of the video to Gilles Artigues, the latter is scandalized by the process used. “You set a trap for me to bring this out a year and a half later, do you realize? “, is indignant the victim. To which Samy Kéfi-Jérôme replies: “But because a year and a half later you continue to fuck me. Gilles Artigues then continues: “I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid of these images. ” Samy Kéfi-Jérôme then replies: “I did not ask you to disappear, I offered you a contract. Asked about the content of this conversation, Mes Sofia Bougrine and Mathias Chichportich, lawyers for Samy Kéfi-Jérôme, considered that the exchanges are “perfectly consistent with the statements made by [leur] client before the investigation services”. The lawyers also transmitted a message that Samy Kéfi-Jérôme would have sent to Gilles Artigues after this recorded discussion, and in which he repeats that he did not want to blackmail him (read in the annexes). Through the voice of his lawyers, the elected resigner “therefore clearly affirms that he never demanded anything concerning the career and ambitions of Gilles Artigues” and “maintains that during this evening [dans la chambre d’hôtel] his intention was neither political nor financial”. Conversation between Samy Kéfi-Jérôme and Gilles Artigues in October 2016. The recorded exchange precedes two other conversations, also revealed by Mediapart, between Gilles Artigues and the tandem composed of mayor Gaël Perdriau and his powerful chief of staff Pierre Gauttieri. In these discussions, which took place in 2017 and 2018 at the town hall, Gaël Perdriau and his right arm directly threatened their deputy in terms of rare violence (to listen to here). Read also Excerpt from the video recorded in the hotel room with Gilles Artigues (in costume), Samy Kéfi-Jérôme (white shirt) and the escort (gray T-shirt) In Saint-Étienne, the mayor, the sextape and political blackmail September 6, 2022 Read Later The resignation of Samy Kéfi-Jérôme, who had immediately been suspended from his duties as delegated regional adviser (which he combined with his post as deputy) at the start of the case, weakens a little more Gaël Perdriau just before the holding of an explosive municipal council – the first since the start of the affair – Monday, September 26. In an attempt to calm things down, the mayor of Saint-Étienne had already ended up agreeing to dismiss, on Tuesday, September 20, his faithful chief of staff Pierre Gauttieri, as demanded by many elected officials from his own camp at the town hall as in the metropolis. . Gaël Perdriau also announced, Thursday, September 22, his desire to “withdraw” – without however resigning, at this stage – from his “external representation functions” exercised within the framework of his two terms of president of the metropolis and of mayor. With the departure of his education assistant, there he is now, four weeks after the start of the affair, alone in the front line, without additional levers or fuses. If you have any information to communicate to us, you can contact us at [email protected] If you wish to send documents via a highly secure platform, you can use Mediapart’s SecureDrop, the procedure to follow is explained on this page.

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