If the door remains ajar, the union of the left in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is far from being made for the regions. This Thursday, the EELV candidate, Fabienne Grébert, made public the results of an online consultation of her supporters, carried out in recent days in view of the June poll in the second region of France, chaired by the Republican Laurent Wauquiez.
Of the approximately 2,000 voters, signatories of an appeal launched by several environmental movements, 55% declared themselves in favor of an alliance with the other left forces (PS but also PCF and LFI) from the first round. But, at 66%, they want this rally to take place … behind their candidate.
“The alliance will not be made at all costs”, warns candidate EELV
“I have a clear mandate: my supporters say yes to the alliance on the left, but want me to remain at the top of the list because ecology must be carried loud and clear” confides to the Parisian Fabienne Grébert, who gives himself a month to conduct discussions with its partners before a new vote organized at the end of March. But “the alliance will not be made at all costs” already warns the environmental candidate, outright refusing “a maneuver of apparatus which would push back our voters”.
A message probably addressed to the Socialist Party, which on February 11 proposed to environmentalists a tandem campaign and a shared governance agreement in the event of victory. The future presidency, EELV or PS, would be compensated by a majority presence of the other component in the regional executive. A device “convoluted” and “very complicated to explain to potential voters” judges Fabienne Grébert.
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem calls for “a real gathering”
Possible representative of the PS in the regional, the former Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem greeted “with force and enthusiasm” the vote of environmental activists in a message posted on Twitter, seeing it as a chance left to the union of left. And called to build “without further delay” a “real gathering between partners […] and not the classic rallies one behind the other ”.
The leader of the socialist opposition in the regional council Jean-François Debat is even more pressing, asking that an agreement be found “within ten days”. “We will not let ourselves be drawn into a discussion of a month, he announces to the Parisian. Either there is a will to submit one of the partners and it will block, or there is a will to build a balanced gathering and work together and it will work. I call on Fabienne Grébert to rise to the challenges ”.