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Legislative: why so many “ghost” candidates?  – Brittany




Every five years, it’s the same refrain. During the formalization of the list of legislative candidates, suitors who have escaped all radars arise. The palm goes this year to Jean-Marc Governatori, municipal councilor in Nice, who chose to compete in… the third district of Finistère (rural Brest). If there’s nothing illegal about this airdrop

Jean-Marc Governatori, municipal councilor in Nice and candidate in the third constituency of Finistère.

Jean-Marc Governatori, municipal councilor in Nice and candidate in the third constituency of Finistère. (Philippe Crehange)

Will the people of the constituency see him campaigning a lot? Nothing is less sure. Because candidates not established locally often turn out to be real “ghosts”. Without their presence being, however, pure whim. To understand how a candidate representing the Breton Party in Lorient can have his main residence in Dijon or how a law student in Paris can be a flag bearer for the Animalist Party in the district of Hennebont, you have to take a detour through the rules governing the financing of political life in France.

An interest in presenting many candidates

Most of the money allocated to parties is linked to their performance in the legislative elections. With a first level which is triggered for formations that have exceeded 1% in at least 50 constituencies (approximately €1.50 per vote and per year, throughout the term of office). A jackpot which pushes the parties to present a maximum of candidates, including in the absence of a real local militant presence.

The phenomenon has been perfectly described by the researcher Abel François, co-author of the book “The financing of political life” (Editions Armand Colin): “These candidates motivated by the financial aspect are rarely active. Their presence in the constituency often comes down to a trip to file the declaration of candidacy for the prefecture. Indeed, they know full well that their chance of election is slim and that they only serve to increase the financing of their party. They do not get involved in the electoral campaign”.

“A leap from one to ten in terms of means”

Legislative: why so many “ghost” candidates?  – Brittany
Emeric Salmon, departmental delegate of the RN in Morbihan, legislative candidate in the second constituency of Haute-Saône.

Emeric Salmon, departmental delegate of the RN in Morbihan, legislative candidate in the second constituency of Haute-Saône. (Tébéo-Tébésud)

For the former regional councilor RN Emeric Salmon, who makes the opposite journey by leaving Morbihan to present himself in Burgundy, the motivation is quite different: to join a winnable constituency. And too bad if the musical game that followed “uprooted” the other RN figure in the department, Florent de Kersauson, sent to Ploërmel when his bases are rather on the side of Auray. In the great game of the legislative elections, one cannot always be a prophet in his country.

The electoral law makes it possible to present oneself in a constituency where one does not live, the deputy representing the Nation and not only the department where he is elected.

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