The Bauer stadium in Saint-Ouen, in Seine-Saint-Denis, home of the Red Star, is the mythical symbol of a football club rooted in its city and carrying a dimension as historic as it is popular. Dilapidated, it is not approved to host the matches of the Professional Football League. After years of procrastination and setbacks, an agreement was finally found, in the fall of 2020, on a renovation project that projects the club towards a new future, like a rapidly changing department that is developing. is preparing to host a large part of the events and infrastructure for the 2024 Olympic Games. A challenge to be met.
It is there, in the bowels of the stadium, that, Thursday, April 29 at the end of the afternoon, the candidates of a united left launched their campaign for the departmental elections of June 20 and 27. This time, after decades of rivalries having sometimes taken a sour turn between the Socialist Party (PS) and the Communist Party (PCF), which had culminated with the overthrow of the former communist bastion, in 2008, in favor of the socialist Claude Bartolone, the left has decided to present a common front.
Of all the 21 cantons of the department, the Socialist Party (PS), Europe ecology-The Greens (EELV), Generation. s, the Republican and Socialist Left and the Left Radicals will present joint candidacies. In about fifteen of them, this union of the left has extended to the French Communist Party (PCF). The only cantons where pairs of the unitary platform and the PCF will compete are those where there is a priori “No right-wing risk”, as in Saint-Denis, Pantin or Bagnolet. France, rebellious, is not a party to this agreement.
“Seine-Saint-Denis is at the crossroads of the challenges of the future, supports Stéphane Troussel (PS), who succeeded Mr. Bartolone in 2012 as president of the department. It is in the process of effecting a real social, economic and urban transformation. It may be for the worse or the better. Either we make sure that these opportunities benefit everyone, or we take the risk that they worsen inequalities. “
Beginning of gentrification
The stake of the elections in this department is measured by the scale of the changes underway. Since 2020, the Ile-de-France regional council has moved from Paris to Saint-Ouen, on the northern borders of the capital, on the edge of Hauts-de-Seine, which now benefits from the extension of metro line 14 . A future large hospital is expected by 2028. New neighborhoods are growing, such as that of the Docks of Saint-Ouen.
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