Legislative in France: in Lyon, the Macron camp faces the united left

Legislative in France: in Lyon, the Macron camp faces the united left

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Illustration of this struggle in the city of Lyon, where an outgoing deputy was overtaken in the first round of the legislative ballot by his young rival from the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (NUPES).

Thomas Rudigoz (candidate of the Renaissance party, the new name of La République en Marche) and his team immortalize their canvassing day on this Thursday morning. They are preparing to distribute leaflets and solicit voters in a market in the first district of the Rhône, in Lyon.

In the first round, the incumbent finished second. In 2017, this former district mayor was carried by the wave of La République en Marche by Emmanuel Macron.

I hoped, with a personal added value, perhaps to arrive in a pocket handkerchief. There’s a gap that’s a little bigger than I thought, four and a half percenthe confides.

This shopkeeper notes that the result was close in the first round and promises the outgoing deputy that she will cross her fingers for him in the second round.

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It is to be hoped that there will be a jump from our electorate, from the LR electorate [droite] and then of our fellow citizens who do not want the program of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. »

A quote from Thomas Rudigoz, deputy candidate for re-election

Gesture of support for Thomas Rudigoz. In the background, activists from her NUPES rival, Aurélie Gries, are also distributing election leaflets. They brought a large poster on which we see the life-size photo of the candidate and that of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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However, others especially do not want to hear about the candidates of Emmanuel Macron’s camp.

Neighborhood resident Fabien Namias says he will vote for NUPES because we really need it for things to be rebalanced, at least on purchasing power.

“I think that today, we have a little trouble living together, and I think it would be good for everyone to have a project based a little more on solidarity between people. »

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A little further on, Christian Lupo does not mince his words. “So far, we have tasted five years of Macron. It’s a disaster for me. I’m 62, he’s the worst president I’ve seen. All these pressures he put on us for five years! We did demonstrations, we did everything. »

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In this Lyon constituency where many retirees and highly educated people live but which also includes a high proportion of social housing, the left-wing presidential candidates obtained around 40% of the votes in the first round. Jean-Luc Mélenchon finished there in the lead.

The presidential camp is brandishing the red peril, the threat of paralysis, if ever the deputies of the united left enter the National Assembly in force.

This is a position shared by Gérard Chavas, who came to sell his ready meals in Lyon. He predicts a chaos if applicable.

This merchant says that cohabitation in the National Assembly is a “bazaar”. The last period of cohabitation in France (1997-2002) began after the plural left, which notably included the socialists and the communists, had obtained an absolute majority on June 1, 1997. The next day, President Jacques Chirac appointed the socialist Lionel Jospin prime minister.

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Aurélie Gries, the NUPES candidate, from rebellious France, denounces this speech of fear.

She kicks into touch by predicting the worst if her rival’s camp wins an absolute majority on Sunday: We imagine that it will be a program in the continuity of the last five years. So: social breakdown, democratic denial and failure to take into account the climate crisis.

Aurélie Gries, of NUPES, finished first in the first round of legislative elections in the first constituency of the Rhône. She is deputy mayor of the seventh arrondissement of Lyon, responsible for early childhood and community life. She is also a social worker in a penal institution for minors.

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On this Thursday afternoon, Aurélie Gries woos parents after school. She believes she can still count on a reservoir of votes on the left.

And she does not believe that there is an anti-Mélenchon front in the constituency.

I have 37.75% of the votes. I am in the lead against Macronie, La République en Marche. And there is really an interest in going to vote, because we can pass. »

A quote from Aurélie Gries to a resident she approached to give her an election flyer

To achieve this, it will be necessary in particular that young people go to vote. They largely shunned the ballot boxes in the first round of the legislative elections. NUPES promises to improve their lot.

Aurélie Gries explains to a young woman that her training proposes to increase the youth allowance.

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Isabelle, who has just spoken with Amélie Gries, explains what she expects from a deputy: “That there can be a lot more housing, since many families are struggling to get it. And a few more nurseries too. I had struggled to get a place for my two daughters. »

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If Aurélie Gries and her team are targeting the sector at the end of the campaign, it is because abstention was strong in the first legislative round in this district which voted Jean-Luc Mélenchon for president. France, qui sont aussi ceux qui s’abstiennent le plus aux élections","text":"C’est souvent les gens qui votent à gauche, à Lyon et aussi ailleurs en France, qui sont aussi ceux qui s’abstiennent le plus aux élections"}}”>It is often the people who vote on the left, in Lyon and also elsewhere in France, who are also those who abstain the most in the elections.she adds.

The key to this second round of legislative voting: convincing the undecided and encouraging the abstainers to go, this time, to the polls.


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