“We were very scared” – Release

Regional and departmental elections 2021dossier
The activists celebrated the broad victory of the outgoing president LR, which the polls gave neck to neck with Thierry Mariani, the candidate of the RN.

57% and wheelbarrows. In the Marseille headquarters of Renaud Muselier, in the heart of the Euroméditerranée business district, at 8 p.m. it’s jubilation. The fifty or so activists and running mate’s gathered in front of the big screen, kiss and hug each other. If we shout our joy still masked, the rest of the barrier gestures are quickly forgotten. The young LR, loyal to the post, as on the evening of the first round are exhausted but happy. “We towed, beat and fought this week”, launches 18-year-old Tom, navy blue three-piece suit, whose tie he has just dropped. “I am excited !” exults Swann, 17, responsible for the young LR of Hautes-Alpes who came down to Marseille HQ to savor the long-awaited victory of the outgoing LR president.

“Guys, we won, oh!”

8:30 p.m., the winner of the evening arrives at his HQ surrounded by his running mate to walk a long way and meet the press and activists. With his face closed, Renaud Muselier brandishes a victorious fist and a pout that says a lot about the battle he has just waged. “Guys, we won, oh!” exclaims loudly one of his collaborators. Facing the camera, the president of the region is delighted “To have denied the polls and forecasts” who announced it behind the candidate RN Thierry Mariani. He thanks his supporters, Bernard Tapie, Nicolas Sarkozy, Yann Arthus Bertrand … but especially those who, “Beyond differences and ideological, political, social and religious affiliations”, contributed to his victory. As well as Jean-Laurent Félizia, the green candidate “Who chose to withdraw his list”. And to insist: “We were predicted to have the fate of a guinea pig, we show that we have a fate of a free region!” Follows a walkabout and hugs in the middle of his running mates.

“We are really relieved by this victory”, breathes Sylvie Viala, candidate from Vaucluse, in a light blue dress and banana bun. “With us, it is the stronghold of Thierry Mariani and it was neck and neck. We were very scared ”, explains the one who lives her first election. David Galtier, army general who beat the frontist candidate Stéphane Ravier in the last municipal elections in the northern districts of the city, is delighted that “The left has played the game of the Republican front”.

“We couldn’t leave the Paca region to the fascists!”

The centrist Christophe Madrolle, Marseille candidate on the Muselier list says he has worked in favor of the largest possible rally: “I sent more than 1,300 emails in the week and more than 1,200 text messages during the night for the friends on the left to go and vote. We couldn’t leave the Paca region to the fascists! ” He assures him: “Renaud Muselier is a man of his word when he says he will leave room for the left to express himself, he will do it.” Arlesian Cyril Juglaret is also happy with the mobilization at the ballot box and intends to live up to his mandate as renewed regional councilor: “Tomorrow the sun is shining, and we get to work!”, he smiles. If, after the shock of the health crisis, the economic challenge for the region is sizeable, he has no doubts about Renaud Muselier’s ability to find the resources: “Renaud proved it to us in this election: he knows how to be a captain in the storm!”

22 hours, the LR youth launched a few smoke bombs and cries of joy. She intends to party until the end of the night. Renaud Muselier finally lets go of the pressure and smiles before leaving his HQ. We’ll have to be in good shape tomorrow.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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