The former Minister of the Ecological Transition, François de Rugy, challenges Christelle Mor Anglais, outgoing President of Les Républicains, and crosses swords with Matthieu Orphelin, ex-fellow traveler La République en Marche (LRM). The Socialist Party (PS), led by Guillaume Garot, dreams of reconquering the Pays de la Loire region, lost in 2015.
There was no suspense – the association intended to finance her campaign was created on March 16 – but Christelle Morancais played the watch. As a fine strategist, President Les Républicains des Pays de la Loire, who took the reins of the region in 2017 after Bruno Retailleau privileged his mandate as senator, only came out of the woods on May 7 to announce that she was running for a new term.
This late entry into the running had a magnifying effect on the internal quarrels undermining the forces of the left in the first round. As a prelude to the ballot, a pitched battle has emerged between the camp of Matthieu Orphelin, deputy (not inset) of Maine-et-Loire appointed leader of environmentalists, and that of the PS deputy of Mayenne, Guillaume Garot.
The two candidates have constantly proclaimed the need to seal a union to reconquer a region anchored to the right – Loire-Atlantique, which has 37% of the regional population, is the only one of the five departments to have the heart to left – while each claiming leadership. Matthieu Orphelin, who is teaming up with La France insoumise (LFI), takes advantage of favorable polls. Guillaume Garot retorts that the last municipal elections confirmed the supremacy of the Socialists and their allies in the large cities of the region.
“I was wrong”
The choice of environmentalists to join with Matthieu Orphelin, ex-defector LRM, is a scarecrow in the ranks of the PS. Just as he unsettled some of the supporters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “We cannot be asked to want to campaign alongside a former deputy for La République en Marche who voted to abolish the ISF”, lashes an LFI activist.
Mr. Orphelin, former executive of the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe), sweeps away the criticism and “Claims the error of 2017”. “I was wrong, I was cheated, he said. Like me, hundreds of thousands of people who voted for Macron felt cheated. “
Irony of this election: the person concerned finds himself confronted with a former LRM traveling companion. “Encouraged” by Emmanuel Macron, deputy François de Rugy, former minister of ecological transition, invited himself to the match and dreams of signing a feat of arms in the name of the presidential majority. “Our opponent is the three rights”, now shoot Guillaume Garot and Matthieu Orphelin. Is “The line of Mme Morancais, that of M. de Rugy, and that of the Rassemblement national “.
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