Perpignan, the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales, is sometimes the center of the world, as in the past its station praised by Salvador Dali. For the second round of the departmental elections, the department will simply be the center of Occitanie. After the regional socialist tidal wave of the first round, and the 39.57% of outgoing president Carole Delga, the hopes of the National Rally (RN) are no longer based on a surge of its electorate, which could tip the small Catalonia French.
Even if Jean-Paul Garraud, main opponent of Ms. Delga, achieves his best regional score (33.2%), he is behind by 17 points in the rest of Occitanie. “Everyone is uncertain, but we have resisted well”, comments Frédéric Monteil, federal secretary of the Socialist Party (PS). At stake, the chair of president of the departmental council, occupied by Hermeline Malherbe, at the head of a list of union of the left which obtained 14.81% of the votes. The RN is maintained in the second round in 14 cantons out of 17, after having come first in five of them, all located in Perpignan.
“Re-mobilize our electorate”
It must be said that the city has been ruled since 2020 by Louis Aliot, the first former frontist to have broken the famous glass ceiling in a city of more than 100,000 inhabitants. “We are going to re-mobilize our electorate and understand why it has not moved so much”, he declared at the beginning of the week, along with his desire to take the national leadership of the party. The situation will not however be reduced to an RN-left duel. There will be three between the right and the left, eight between the left and the RN, five between the right and the RN and one between La République en Marche and the RN. What to make the ballot even more uncertain, after the low turnout of June 20 and the good scores achieved by the pairs of Senator (The Republicans) Jean Sol. To become president, it will therefore be necessary to collect at least nine votes.
For Alain Cavalière, departmental leader of the RN, “It’s a somewhat bizarre context where nobody took the piece off. Now anything can happen, nothing is taken for granted ”. Anything can happen, even an alliance in the election for the presidency, scheduled for 1er July, between the right and the RN. Because Jean Sol affirmed to be still candidate for this presidency. Its Stronger Together list gave no voting instructions in the cantons where its pairs are absent. Hermeline Malherbe took a position to block the RN, even in the cantons where the left did not maintain its position and pointed ” The strategy irresponsible of the ni-ni decided for the moment by the right “, she added.
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