Regional elections, a new puzzle for La République en Marche

Blows to take, an uncertain schedule against a background of health threat, the regional and departmental elections have everything to remind the majority of the bad memory of the municipal elections of 2020. At most, we must add to the equation a National Rally (RN ) in ambush. Six months before the election, scheduled for June according to the bill presented in December to the Council of Ministers and expected in the Senate at the end of the month, the majority continues to delay.

Within La République en Marche (LRM), we are assured that we follow the calendar of the French: why bother them when the health crisis monopolizes people’s minds? Also, the incarnation will wait.

Admittedly, in December 2020, seven regional leaders out of thirteen were appointed by the Macronist party, including Jean-Michel Blanquer in Ile-de-France, François de Rugy in Pays-de-la-Loire, Bérangère Abba in the Grand-Est or Florent Boudié in New Aquitaine. But they are not necessarily called upon to be at the top of the list.

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By early February, six other delegates will be chosen, ensures the movement, and as regards the top of the list, a handful of candidates have declared themselves. The minister of veterans and former mayor of Mont-de-Marsan, Geneviève Darrieussecq, did so in New Aquitaine – after a duel with speckled foils with Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, the minister of transport -, like Marc Fesneau (relations with Parliament) in the Center-Val de Loire region or François de Rugy in Pays-de-la-Loire. The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer takes the path in Ile-de-France.

Weight figures don’t jostle

But elsewhere, weight figures and other ministers are not scrambling. In Brittany, the Jean-Yves Le Drian hypothesis (foreign affairs) remains in the gaseous state; in Normandy, neither Elisabeth Borne (work) nor Sébastien Lecornu (overseas) will go, while in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the Olivier Véran (health) hypothesis moves away given the health context. In Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA), “Laurent Nuñez, it would not be a bad idea if it were not so busy, as for Frédérique Vidal, she has neither the stature nor the capacities”, retorts a LRM deputy about the intelligence coordinator and the minister of higher education.

In this difficult context, the general delegate of LRM, Stanislas Guerini, said on Wednesday January 13 ” give a hand “ to outgoing regional presidents, ensuring that they do not have “No sectarianism”, in front of the Association of Parliamentary Journalists. Only condition: “No bribe deals. “ “If we make a deal, it will be official. There will really be support from the presidential majority. “

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