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Reelection Bid

Stéphane Delpeyrat, mayor of the village of Saint-Aubin, France, went to the media to complain that he was being paid too much. According to French law, mayors of villages of less than 1,000 residents cannot be paid less than 800 euros (US$890) per month; the law is meant to encourage more people to step up to lead small towns. “I wanted to lead by example” in the struggling economy, Delpeyrat complained, by taking home only 400 euros, but the politician was told he must accept more. Delpeyrat called the situation “grotesque.” (RC/Local France) ...Whereas most people who felt that way would set an example by giving the excess to charity.
Original Publication Date: 21 February 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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