Georges Marsan speaks publicly for first time since returning as mayor amid corruption charges

Monaco Mayor Georges Marsan has held his first press conference since returning to office, telling local media that he is innocent of all charges and plans to file a complaint of his own. 

In the press conference held early Tuesday morning at the Mairie, Mayor Marsan thanked the entire Municipal Council, in particular Camille Svara who stepped in as mayor for several months “in unprecedented and delicate circumstances” as well as staff of the Mairie who carried out their missions with “professionalism”. He said it shows that the local council remains “impervious to any destabilisation”.

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Georges Marsan was arrested and charged in December 2023 for influence peddling and corruption. Maintaining his innocence throughout, Monaco’s long-running mayor was prevented from having contact with Mairie staff and exercising his function as mayor for four months.

On 16th April, the Monaco Prosecutors Office confirmed that the ban had been lifted and Marsan was authorised to return to his position, adding that he remained charged and presumed innocent.  

Addressing those charges on Tuesday, Georges Marsan said: “I have nothing in my soul and conscience to reproach myself for (…) and I will not stop trying to establish my innocence.”

The politician is prevented from saying anything further about the case, except that he is still barred from having any contact with the Condamine market traders. 

Mayor Marsan announced during the press conference that he intends to file a complaint with the Attorney General of Monaco against an unnamed person/entity for violating the secrecy of the investigation.

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Photo source: Mairie de Monaco