“Beautiful metaphor, it takes water everywhere”, laments an activist of La République en Marche, his eyes riveted on the giant screen. While the first results of the regional elections are scrolling on smartphones, images of the violent thunderstorms that swept through France this Sunday are broadcast in the elegant room of the 2nd arrondissement of Paris where the macronists are organizing their election evening.
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Despite the involvement of about fifteen members of the government in the campaign, LREM, in need of a territorial establishment, recorded a new disappointment at the polls after the municipal elections a year ago. In addition, the majority is held responsible by the opposition for record abstention and hiccups in the distribution of electoral documents.
Eliminated in three regions
Under the rain which redoubled on the glass roof, the bad news fell throughout the evening. In three regions, LREM is eliminated in the first round: in Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Hauts-de-France, where five ministers appear on the lists, including the thunderous Eric-Dupond-Moretti (Justice) and Gérald Darmanin (Interior).
Everywhere else, LREM barely exceeds the 10% mark, the minimum threshold for qualifying for the second round, and loses hope of “playing the kingmakers”, as the party executives envisioned. It is only in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Brittany that the majority can try to act as referees in the second round by making alliances.
Beside the well-stocked buffet, supporters of LREM laugh a little yellow. “We will drink to forget …” As we must find reasons to rejoice, some underline the score of the National Rally, “lower than expected”, notes Romain *, young sympathizer of the majority.
Even the Modem ministers fail to save the furniture: Marc Fesneau and Geneviève Darrieussecq are qualified in Center-Val-de-Loire and New Aquitaine, but their scores leave little hope for the second round.
Shortly after 8 p.m., a relief tinged with bitterness spreads in the Parisian room: the deputy Laurent Saint-Martin obtains about 12% of the votes in Ile-de-France, a disappointing score given the reinforcement provided by the five members of the government. present on its lists, including the very media Marlène Schiappa.
Questioning in sight at the party
The head of the Ile-de-France list then splits a very brief speech in front of a few activists and journalists, calling for a “Republican surge” from voters next Sunday, and announcing his maintenance in the second round, despite his reduced chances of winning facing outgoing president Valérie Pécresse.
The head of the list #LREM in Île-de-France Laurent Saint Martin announces that he will stay in the second round of #electionsregionales2021 and calls on voters to “a Republican leap” pic.twitter.com/3eZKfy820R– Laure Cometti (@la_comete) June 20, 2021
“Our results are very disappointing, and certainly lower than our hopes and the latest polls”, recognizes the deputy of Paris Gilles Le Gendre, in denim jacket and pants. “We are facing a paradox,” he believes. The president has a good popularity rating, he is credited with good voting intentions for 2022, but the presidential party is weak. “If Emmanuel Macron indicated that he would not shoot national education of these local polls, the presidential party will not be able to spare itself a questioning after this new rout at the polls.
Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.
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