Reconquête senator Stéphane Ravier sentenced to one year of ineligibility and six months suspended prison sentence for the hiring of his son

The former mayor of the 7th sector of Marseille, who plans to appeal, is not dismissed from his current mandate.



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Reconquête senator Stéphane Ravier during a meeting in Palavas-les-Flots (Hérault), April 6, 2024. (PASCAL GUYOT / AFP)

Reconquest senator of Bouches-du-Rhône Stéphane Ravier was sentenced for “illegal taking of interest” to six months suspended prison sentence and one year of ineligibility, Wednesday May 29, by the Marseille criminal court. He was prosecuted for having hired, in 2015, his son Thomas in the green spaces department of the 7th sector of Marseille, of which he had been elected mayor a year earlier.

Stéphane Ravier gave up his chair to his niece in 2017, after his election to the Luxembourg Palace. He was not dismissed from his mandate as senator, the judges not having pronounced the immediate execution of his sentence of ineligibility.

His son, Thomas Ravier was sentenced to a fine of 10,000 euros, including 5,000 euros suspended, and to one year of ineligibility, also without provisional execution.

Absent at the deliberations on Wednesday morning, the elected official announced via his lawyer that he was appealing this decision. This one “is not based on a strictly legal level and the offenses alleged against my client are not characterized”estimated his lawyer.

This one-year ineligibility, even if it were confirmed on appeal, would not prevent the elected official from Eric Zemmour’s party from running in the municipal elections in Marseille in 2026, as he did during the 2014 municipal elections and 2020, then under the colors of the RN.

At the hearing in mid-April, Stéphane Ravier refuted all the accusations, ensuring that “Sector town halls do not have the power to hire anyone”. According to him, he only “let it be known” to his son that there was “regular recruitment at Marseille town hall, and it stops there”without further intervention on his part. “There is absolutely nothing normal about obtaining public employment through private intervention”replied the prosecutor.

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