The mayor of the seaside resort of Barcarès and 1st vice-president of the agglomeration of Perpignan Alain Ferrand was placed in police custody on Tuesday, May 4, announced the Marseille prosecutor’s office. Deputy prosecutor Patrice Ollivier-Maurel told an AFP correspondent that in addition to Alain Ferrand, sentenced by the courts several years ago and declared ineligible, one of his deputies was also placed in police custody. Under the authority of the JIRS (Inter-regional Specialized Jurisdiction) of Marseille, the investigators of the SRPJ of Montpellier also searched the town hall of Barcarès, according to the same source.
According to the newspaper The Independent, the investigation relates to embezzlement of public funds, and the two elected officials were still questioned Tuesday evening. During the municipal elections of 2020, Alain Ferrand was reelected in the first round as mayor of Barcarès, 6,000 inhabitants per year but whose population can be multiplied by ten in summer.
Alain and his wife Joëlle Ferrand, now separated, have succeeded each other since 1995 at the head of this town located near Perpignan. Alain Ferrand, restaurateur and owner of the casino, was sentenced in 1999 to three years of ineligibility for abuse of corporate assets. He was also subsequently convicted for illegal taking of interests, and for tax evasion.