in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the left wants to redo the coup of union

“There will be a union of the left for regional and departmental. “ On the sidelines of his wishes to the press, Thursday, January 7, the new socialist mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, wanted to be unequivocal. The now undisputed leader of the Marseille Spring, a left-wing coalition, citizen and environmentalist who tore the city from the right in 2020, does not imagine an alternative in a ballot that promises to be difficult.

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For five years, the left no longer sits in the regional hemicycle where the National Rally (RN) constitutes the only opposition to the right-wing and center majority led by the president, Renaud Muselier (Les Républicains, LR). In December 2015, she let go of a community that she managed during the three terms of socialist Michel Vauzelle. At the time, the common list Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV)-Communist Party, Cooperative region, did not cross the bar of the first round. And the candidacy of the Socialist Party (PS), carried by Christophe Castaner, who came third, withdrew to offer Christian Estrosi (LR) a chance to catch up with his 14% delay on Marion Maréchal-Le Pen (RN), arrival largely in the lead (40.6%).

“We don’t want to relive this disaster. Disunited, the left parties risk not even reaching 10% ”, predicts the Communist senator of Bouches-du-Rhône Jérémy Bacchi. “The situation in this region is very special. The right is in charge of all the major communities, the RN is high. We cannot afford a first round in the form of a primary from the left ”, confirms Thomas Roller, first secretary of the Var PS, in charge of regional negotiations. “Faced with the RN and a Renaud Muselier who is already planning to unite with LRM in the second round, we must constitute a large ecological, citizen and social bloc”, tries to convince documentary filmmaker Olivier Dubuquoy, recently appointed EELV leader.

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In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the experience of the Marseilles Spring leaves an impression. “Obviously, this calls out, recognizes Thomas Roller. But we are not looking for a copy and paste because the situations are different according to the departments. “ “A year ago, I was not convinced that a union could take over the region. Today, I have a very different opinion ”, completes Jérémy Bacchi, whose election to the Senate in September owes a lot to the great voters conquered by Printemps in Marseille.

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