" This time, it is Benoit's decision to take on a political role as deputy for culture in his home district of Saint-Germain-en-Laye,"
This is misleading. Batistelli was elected as town councilor in 2008, more than 9 years ago. He was reelected in 2014. He was involved in local politics before being elected as president of EPO in 2010. I guess that people who elected him in 2010 were aware he was elected as town councilor two years before, weren't they?
Looking at the mentioned article, he was recently elected by the council to become deputy mayor in charge of cultural affairs when he was previously as counselor in charge of the municipal theater.... What a scandal!