The Council of State cancels the dismissal of Christian Lannelongue, the former director of the ARS Grand Est



Almost eight months after his dismissal with a bang, Christophe Lannelongue wins his case. The Council of State canceled Friday, December 11 the dismissal of the former boss of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) of the Grand Est, dismissed from his post at the beginning of April after controversial remarks on the cuts of posts at the CHRU of Nancy, AFP learned

In a decision published on its website, the highest administrative court grants the request filed by Christophe Lannelongue who pointed to a “excess of power” in the manner in which the decree terminating his functions had been issued.

The Council of State emphasizes that Christophe Lannelongue should have been informed in advance of the government’s intention, in order to allow him to “take note of the reasons for his eviction” and to make known any “observations”. He had only informed him that very day.

“All officials have the right to personal and confidential communication of all notes, identification sheets and all other documents making up their file, either before being the subject of a disciplinary measure or compulsory displacement, or before being delayed in their promotion by seniority “, recalls the Council of State.

Director General of ARS Grand Est since January 2017, Chistian Lannelongue was sacked on April 8, when the coronavirus crisis was particularly virulent in the region. He had declared a few days earlier that there was “no reason to question” the abolition of 174 beds and 598 positions planned over five years at the Nancy hospital. These remarks immediately aroused the ire of many elected officials from Lorraine and medical staff, the Minister of Health Olivier VĂ©ran announcing the suspension of all hospital reorganization plans.

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