At a time when the Grand Paris metropolis is scheduled to be finished in 2016, you have sought to make your opinion known. Why?
Yes, I think that it’s our mission to give our opinion on this matter. It seems important to us to keep our elected representatives informed about the state of our country so that we don’t add any useless decision-making stage to procedures. I believe in the metropolis, but we shouldn’t create any millstones for ourselves, it’d be a pity to add excessive layers. We are lucky to have a country that benefits from a fine image. We need to keep fighting to preserve it. Our country is restructuring, we want to add layers to the millefeuille. In our department, we have fantastic projects and internationally-renowned national riches.
What riches are you referring to?
It was for good reason that two successive Presidents paid interest to Paris Saclay. Also spring to mind the 80,000-seat rugby stadium at Ris-Orangis, the 650-hectare air base at Bretigny-sur-Orge, and the new project to connect Orly Ouest and Orly Sud.
This is Europe’s leading airport in terms of business transport. It is absolutely crucial to continue developing these infrastructures and many others.
Do you fear that these facilities and services may suffer from merging?
Yes. For the moment, we don’t really know, but I prefer to prevent than to have to cure. We are tending towards a regionalisation that threatens to delay us on certain projects. Available means could be greatly reduced.
We are working enormously on the outer suburbs of Paris, namely for transport. The latter will want to keep operational balance.
Our projects must not be hindered.
For the moment, Essonne is not part of the Grand Paris project, but certain border towns can or will be able to ask to join it.
So the issue is ongoing…