While a judicial investigation for “political blackmail” was opened after a complaint against the mayor of the city and one of his deputies, Mediapart published this Monday recordings of Gaël Perdriau and his chief of staff at the time of the events. .
The Mediapart information site, at the origin of the opening of a judicial investigation for “political blackmail” after a complaint against the mayor LR of Saint-Étienne Gaël Perdriau and one of his deputies, releases damning recordings on Monday for the elected official and his chief of staff.
At the heart of this affair, a video of a sexual nature recorded in 2014 while Gilles Artigues, ex-municipal deputy and ex-deputy known for his Catholic commitment, was being massaged by a man in a hotel room in Paris.
To thwart this blackmail, the elected centrist himself recorded conversations with the mayor and his chief of staff Pierre Gautierri. Recordings sent to investigators, according to Mediapart, which publishes audio extracts.
“I have a video showing you the ass in the air with a guy. Do you mind? The very Catholic MP Gilles Artigues, very good father in something like that?” Launches the chief of staff in a audio recording from July 2018 still according to Mediapart.
“I have no faith or law”
When Gilles Artigues warns him that he could take legal action, he replies: “if you do that, all the parents and students who are in the same class as your children will receive a copy of the film (…) and I don’t think your children will recover.”
“There are other ways to do it, we are not obliged to broadcast publicly”, adds the voice of the mayor on this audio tape, referring to a broadcast “in small circles, with parsimony”.
“It’s no longer blackmail, it’s an execution”
In another recording dated November 27, 2017 and still in the presence of the mayor, according to Mediapart, we hear the chief of staff say that he “works exactly as a criminal can work: in the same way, I have no faith nor law”.
“If the fact that I go to jail makes you fall because you pass for an old pedal on the return (…) I have no problem”, he affirms.
“Once it’s on the networks, it’s no longer blackmail, it’s execution,” warns the mayor in this recording.
Contacted by AFP, Gaël Perdriau and his lawyer were not available on Monday. After the publication by Mediapart of the detailed confessions of one of the organizers of the blackmail, the mayor of Saint-Étienne denounced the “despicable accusations” saying he was in a hurry to be heard by the judicial police.
A part of the disorienting investigation at the Lyon prosecutor’s office relates to the remuneration of the person who organized the filming of the video and claims to have been paid via fictitious services invoiced to two associations financed by the municipality.
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