France in focus

Why French mayors are feeling the strain

With French municipal elections looming next year, France in Focus turns its attention to France's mayoral system. There are 35,000 mayors who oversee and administer municipal matters across the country. But the reality faced by many of France's mayors is getting more and more complicated. And since the 2014 municipal elections, the number of mayors who have resigned has increased sharply. Professor Martial Foucault, Director of the Political Research Centre at Sciences Po, explains why.