Will voters have better understood the challenges of the regional election of Auvergne-Rhône?
Alps? Not sure, after the debate organized by France 3, Thursday evening in Clermont-Ferrand. Curiously, the regional channel chose to start the evening by addressing the topic of security, which is not among the main skills of the community. By justifying its choice based on a survey on public concerns, placing security and immigration among the most cited subjects, the channel immediately offered Laurent a platform.
Wauquiez. The outgoing president (Les Républicains, LR) has made security a priority of his program. “We see that the situation is deteriorating, the region can be useful” assured the leader of the right, citing a few facts in support of his speech.
In a more nervous style, Andrea Kotarac did not say anything else. The candidate of the National Rally (RN) played the bidding to try to pose in “First credible alternative to Laurent Wauquiez”, without succeeding in destabilizing the former minister. Laurent Wauquiez is still in the lead in the latest Ipsos poll for France TV and Radio France, with 33% of voting intentions in the first round, eleven points ahead of the RN candidate.
“Security gates rust in place”
Accustomed to the media, Nadjat Vallaud-Belkacem probably pulled out the best of the game, among the seven candidates presented by the regional channel. The former minister quickly pointed out the contradictions between the security discourse of the outgoing president of the regional council, and the real effectiveness of his measures. The socialist candidate explained that the metal turnstiles, supposed to protect access to high schools, were in reality not used because they would cause queues, not recommended in times of terrorist risk. “Security gates rust in place”, quipped Ms. Vallaud-Belkacem.
By placing several spades, staring at him, the former Lyon elected official managed to establish the match between her and the outgoing president, relegating the other participants to the background. The PS candidate also deplored the 60% drop in the budget for vocational training during the term of office.
Also familiar with the media exercise, for having hosted a game show in the past, Bruno Bonnell was nevertheless able to return the image of the “candidate of optimism”, refusing to sink into the anxiety-provoking speeches applied to security as well. although to the economy. The candidate of La République en Marche (LRM) remains in third position (14%) in the poll conducted in anticipation of the show.
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