Benoît Payan Social

Marseille - Benoît Payan


Benoît Payan


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City: 240.62 km2


City: 869,815

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Mayor: Benoît Payan

Benoît Payan


Benoît Payan (born 31 January 1978) is a French Socialist Party politician. He has been the mayor of Marseille since December 2020. Payan was born and raised in Pont-de-Vivaux, in the 10th arrondissement of Marseille. During his studies to become a notary, he joined the Young Socialist Movement. Elected as a city councillor in 2014, Payan became leader of the Socialist group and the opposition to conservative mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin in 2016. In 2015, he was also elected a departmental councillor in Bouches-du-Rhône. In July 2019, Payan was one of the founders of Printemps marseillais ("Marseille Spring"), a broad left-wing electoral alliance seeking to end Gaudin's quarter-century in office in the 2020 elections. He criticised the candidacy of Socialist dissenter Samia Ghali, believing it could divide the vote and hand victory to the right by default. Payan's coalition won the election in July, installing Europe Ecology – The Greens member Michèle Rubirola as Marseille's first woman and Green mayor. She resigned on 15 December 2020, transferring roles with Payan, her first deputy. On 21 December he was officially voted into office, with support from Ghali's eight councillors and without competition from the right.


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Marseille is the second largest city in France after Paris. The main city of the historical province of Provence, it is the prefecture of the department of Bouches-du-Rhône and region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. It is located on the Mediterranean coast near the mouth of the Rhône. The city covers an area of 241 km2 (93 sq mi) and had a population of 869,815 in 2016. Its metropolitan area, which extends over 3,173 km2 (1,225 sq mi) is the third-largest in France after those of Paris and Lyon, with a population of 1,831,500 as of 2010.


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Marseille est une commune du sud-est de la France, chef-lieu du département des Bouches-du-Rhône et de la région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. En 2016, Marseille est la deuxième commune de France, avec 862 211 habitants et la troisième unité urbaine avec 1 587 537 habitants. Depuis le 1er janvier 2016, Marseille est le siège de la métropole d'Aix-Marseille-Provence3, la seconde plus peuplée de France avec 1 873 707 habitants. Son aire urbaine est, quant à elle, la troisième de France après celles de Paris et Lyon avec 1 756 296 habitants en 2016. Parmi les plus anciennes villes de France, fondée sous le nom de Μασσαλία (Massalía) vers 600 av. J.-C. par des marins et des marchands grecs originaires de Phocée, Marseille est depuis l'Antiquité un important port de commerce et de passage. Elle connaît notamment un essor commercial considérable au cours du xixe siècle, devenant une ville industrielle et négociante prospère.