Less than forty hours after being removed from the head of the EELV list for municipal elections in Montpellier by the movement’s office unanimously, Clothilde Ollier rebelled. Surrounded by Christian Dupraz (EELV regional council), Virginie Rozière, co-president of the radicals party and Muriel Ressiguier, LFI deputy, she indicated that she would continue her campaign… in green.
“Some may challenge the logo but my heart remains at Europe Ecologie-les Verts. I will not give in. I will continue to advance my proposals to make Montpellier a great modern ecological metropolis “she proclaimed while Christian Dupraz one of the pillars of the ecological movement in Montpellier confirmed that Clothilde Ollier would present his candidacy next February 3 during of the general assembly of the three hundred EELV members who are convened to appoint a new head of the list.
The campaign crisis broke out last week when three members of the executive office were dispatched to Montpellier to try to defuse the strong internal tensions in the team since Clothilde Ollier chose to entrust the direction of the campaign to Jean- Yves Dormagen. She thus ousted her electoral binomial, Manu Reynaud, historic activist of ecology in Montpellier and who himself had the idea of teaming up with this mayor of a small town in Hérault (Murles) unionized to the CGT of hospitals.
“We want to believe in a misunderstanding that we must clear up”
“Our requests were not huge: share the campaign management with environmentalists, put candidates and environmental proposals forward. Even that was not accepted. The unanimous decision is therefore the withdrawal of support for Clothilde Ollier, ”explained Julien Bayou, the leader of the EELV movement.
“For several weeks we have felt dispossessed of our campaign: the themes and the campaign agenda, the meetings, as if there were in the shadows a B team prepared to lead a campaign of the far left that environmentalist, “says an environmental activist who has been crying for infiltration since an electoral agreement was made with Confluence, the dissident group of La France Insoumise orchestrated by François Ruffin and organized on the spot around the deputy Muriel Ressiguier.
The new “political friends” of the left bloc launched an assault on the city hall of Montpellier, have been encouraged by polls that have been more and more favorable for two months (Editor’s note: 19% of voting intentions in the first round and victory promised in the second round by Harris Interactive at the request of the candidate), without however being able to separate the performance of Clothilde Ollier from the electoral base of EELV evaluated at 19.38% in the European elections. “We want to believe in a misunderstanding that we have to dispel in order to regain a victorious dynamic,” urges Jean-Yves Dormagen the new campaign director who pleads for conciliation … before the final divorce.