in the Pays de la Loire, the clear victory of Christelle Morancais

She cut short all suspense, warning, on Sunday June 27, the fifty journalists present at the Pays de la Loire regional hotel that she would deliver her speech at 8:10 p.m., ten minutes after the last offices closed. to vote. She just refrained from grilling politeness to Xavier Bertrand, various right-wing candidate who triumphed in Hauts-de-France, whose eyes are already riveted on the presidential election of 2022.

At 8:07 p.m., Christelle Mor Anglais, outgoing president of Les Républicains (LR), decided that she had waited long enough: she appeared, hands joined in thanks and all smiles, under the ovations of several of her vice-presidents and of her husband, to announce her large victory at the end of a perilous quadrangular. The elected LR won 46.45% of the vote, ahead of Maine-et-Loire deputy Matthieu Orphelin (not inserted) by nearly 12 points, leader of environmentalists and left-wing forces after the rally, in the second tour, Guillaume Garot, deputy Socialist Party (PS) of Mayenne, and his running mate.

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Mme Morancais exceeds the 50% mark in the departments of Sarthe and Vendée. She also offers herself the luxury of improving the score achieved by her predecessor LR, Bruno Retailleau, who left her the reins of the regional council in 2017 to devote himself to his mandate as senator. “Happy and proud”, Mr. Retailleau greeted “A sacred victory”, highlighting: “Christelle won on her name, with her team, her project. “ The elected sees it “Recognition of the work accomplished over the past three years” ; Here it has a large majority, its team obtaining fifty-seven of the ninety-three seats in the future Assembly. Little consolation: M. Orphelin is ahead of M by a short headme Morancais in Loire-Atlantique, the only department in the region anchored to the left.

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Three years before taking the head of the regional executive, the interested party, 46, was considered by her peers as a novice in politics. Inserted at the UMP (now LR) in 2002, she did not, by her own admission, “Started to campaign in 2011”. Her first coup was in 2014: five weeks before the first round of the municipal election in Le Mans, she found herself propelled to the top of the list against the then mayor, the socialist Jean-Claude Boulard, and bowed up to 1,526 votes.

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