He did not tour the polling stations, like the week before. Present in the wheel of the Tour de France cyclist from Brest, Saturday June 26 in Brest, Loïg Chesnais-Girard preferred to keep some under the sole to tackle the coast of the second round with a little freshness. “I still kept my polling station in Liffré for two hours at the beginning of the afternoon. It is a tradition to which I do not derogate ”, welcomed, at the end of the afternoon, the candidate PS to his succession, at the head of the Regional Council of Brittany.
After a little time with the family, it is again at the municipal hall of Liffré, accompanied by his loyal support (and president of the agglomeration of Dinan) Arnaud Lécuyer, that we find him. At 6:30 p.m., Loïg Chesnais-Girard already seems to be smiling. “There, I’ll lock myself in to analyze the first estimates and eat some Michoko. I’ll see you again afterwards ”.
The hand on the heart
7:15 p.m., the good trend is confirmed. In the plastic arts room transformed into HQ, the candidate surrounded by his staff, is already happy: “We are well installed at the head of the peloton. Isabelle Le Calennec (LR) and Claire Desmares-Poirrier (EELV) confirm their base. Thierry Burlot (LREM) and Gilles Pennelle (RN) are far behind. The dynamic that we expected is there ”.
An hour and a half later, in the annex where a platform has been erected, the activists have already uncorked the champagne. When the winning official arrives at 8:45 p.m., it’s jubilation. With reddened eyes, Loïg Chesnais-Girard falls into the arms of a few elected officials and his relatives. “Happy, proud, very happy”. No superlatives, but real satisfaction, expressed hand on heart, for the elected candidate.
Of course, there is the abstention record, and this majority which is not yet absolute (40 seats, for 42 required). “But I have a stable, strong majority, I don’t want a balance of power or fiddling around. I am a man of consensus, a man who knows how to bring together ”, he will declare and re-declare, during the interviews to follow.
” Very pleasant “
10 a.m. this Monday morning. Loïg Chesnais-Girard has already returned to his large office on the first floor of “Patton”, the nickname of the headquarters of the Rennes Regional Council. The night was short, “but that’s normal! He insists. The next day, the future new President of the Region, who goes to bed late and gets up early, begins with a moment of debriefing and commentary which he considers “very pleasant”.
Press and interviews first. “A first Friday session to be organized after. I will meet the people of my team at the beginning of the afternoon, I finally did not have the time earlier ”. Some, like the non-inscribed environmental ally of the second round Daniel Cueff, or the deputy, defender of regional languages, Paul Molac, have already been able to tell him two words about it the day before. They were all there in Liffré, over a drink, on the return of “their” winner, shortly before midnight.
There will be no negotiations, like you give me that, I give you that. The Bretons would not accept it.
Will he extend his hand, in the days to come, to the other lists? “There will be exchanges, because we have to work together for the general interest of the Bretons. Republican courtesy is at stake, ”he replies. Will he look for the two seats he is missing, on the side for example of a Thierry Burlot, the only one he greeted at the exit of the France 3 plateau, Sunday evening? “It was the least of it. We just sketched looks and smiles, to say see you soon ”. Regarding the others, whom he does not name: “Those who have values compatible with mine, left or progressive, will have vocation, at some point, to work even more with me. But there will be no negotiations, like you give me this, I give you this. The Bretons would not accept it ”.
The little coffee is over. The meetings are linked. A final question on the ousting of the President of the National Assembly Richard Ferrand from the future regional hemicycle. “It is not my subject”, cut dryly “LCG”. Did he get a phone call from the person concerned? Smile, a little less relaxed this time: “It was not likely to happen”.
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