Nine logos but one slogan. In the Gard, the left created a surprise for the departmental elections by sealing a rallying agreement. From the Left Radical Party to La France insoumise (LFI), by integrating the Socialist Party (PS), the French Communist Party (PCF), Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV), and more discreet formations (Génération.s, Continuons together, Democratic and Social Left, Public Square), the union of the Gard left is unprecedented.
Historical leader in the Gard and with a relative majority with the PCF and EELV, the PS, very weakened by the rise of the right and the far right, has itself pleaded in favor of the rally. “Leaving alone was suicidal”, confides Arnaud Bord, a young socialist leader in Gard. In the fifth poorest department in France, the archipelago of the left led “Straight to failure”, assures the socialist, whose party seems to have learned the lesson of 2015. The divided left had then lost several cantons when the union had paid. “Today we would have a comfortable majority, recalls Amal Couvreur, departmental councilor from civil society, close to the left. We have proven that when there is union, it works. “
Six months of negotiations
This marriage of the lefts is also based on the last municipal elections. In the prefecture, in Nîmes, the Communist Vincent Bouget played the outsiders against the outgoing and re-elected mayor (Les Républicains, LR), Jean-Paul Fournier. By anticipating another political figure of the city (the centrist Yvan Lachaud) and the National Rally, the Communist has become an essential political figure, even if he denies it: “There is not a candidate. These local elections are primarily based on a project. “ At 41, this history and geography professor embodies a new image of local politics, less attached to the game of parties and which relies heavily on civil society. “Gathering is the option we wanted to focus on from the start, he says. We had to bring together the executives of the political organizations and come to a common position. ”
The Socialists have also moved the lines to seal an agreement. “If we look at everything that we reproach ourselves with at the national level, we will not succeed, explains Arnaud Bord. We go beyond political politics to go to what unites us: social, education, housing… ”
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