The subject has animated the city of the Dukes and its department for decades: should the Loire-Atlantique, currently attached to the Pays de la Loire region, rather belong to Brittany? A step was in any case taken on Friday February 5 with the vote by the Nantes municipal council of a wish asking the government to organize a referendum on the attachment of the department, “So that the democratic aspiration of citizens is heard”. This wish was voted by the 56 members of the municipal majority Socialist Party (PS) – Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV), according to the town hall. One elected representative abstained, and the others did not take part in the vote.
Currently Brittany is made up of four departments: Ille-et-Vilaine, Côtes-d’Armor, Finistère and Morbihan, but some would like Nantes, the castle of the Dukes of Brittany and the rest of the Loire department -Atlantique are attached to it, in order to reconstitute so-called “historic” Brittany.
In its request on Friday, which was signed by the mayor (PS), Johanna Rolland, the city recalls the petition which had collected, in 2018, 105,000 signatures (or 10% of the electoral body of Loire-Atlantique) in favor the organization of such a consultation.
“This strong citizen mobilization cannot be ignored. It reflects the aspiration of our fellow citizens to be consulted more, in a context of essential revitalization of our democracy. “
The former city of the Dukes of Brittany also affirms its intention to “Establish a long-lasting plural body to engage in genuine consultation with the State on the methods of organizing this referendum, organize an in-depth debate on the issues and consequences of a redistribution in order to nourish the citizen debate, formulate proposals to strengthen cooperation between Nantes and other Breton territories ”.
The attachment of Loire-Atlantique to Brittany is a recurring subject in Nantes political life. In 2014, more than 10,000 people demonstrated in the streets of the city to demand the “reunification” of Brittany in the midst of a debate on territorial reform. On January 17, the A la bretonne! Association, favorable to reunification, had in an open letter for the attention of Emmanuel Macron (published in Sunday Newspaper) claimed the holding of a referendum among voters in Loire-Atlantique to ” to slice “ debate.