In Toulouse, Strasbourg and Bordeaux, common list or defeat together

 In Toulouse, Strasbourg and Bordeaux, common list or defeat together

By Noémie Rousseau, correspondent in Strasbourg, Eva Fonteneau, correspondent in Bordeaux and Stéphane Thépot, in Toulouse October 20, 2019 at 8:46 p.m. Pierre Hurmic, EE-LV candidate in Bordeaux, and Matthieu Rouveyre, elected PS. The two parties are trying to reach an agreement to take the city to the right. Photo Ugo Amez. SIPA Deemed vital by most of the local forces present, union on the left remains a struggle. A few months before the municipal elections in March 2020, illustrations in three cities. In Toulouse, Strasbourg and Bordeaux, common list or defeat together Toulouse: one old-fashioned left, the other citizen

Here the left see double and that makes Pierre Cohen angry. For the ex-mayor PS (2008-2014), two lists on the left, this is the best way to miss the boat in a city that is however winnable. Cohen, who left the PS to join Génération s, Benoît Hamon's party, has not given up taking revenge against Mayor LR Jean-Luc Moudenc. In 2014, the left was spread over three lists and it lost 6,000 votes. The former councilor learned the lesson: with the members of Generation Toulouse and the Republican and Socialist Left (GRS), the small party of the ex-PS Emmanuel Maurel and Marie-Noëlle Lienemann, they launched a final call to the end of September. union: No one has the strengths and skills to lead the left to victory alone. No leftist party can claim to impose itself. Alas, the federative offensive collapsed when the leader of the communist elected officials, who until now supported Cohen's efforts, joined the PS list in the hope of saving his three seats on the municipal council.

We are therefore moving towards a union from the left to the old, under the aegis of the PS, and a citizen left alliance. Those who challenge socialist hegemony find themselves in the midst of an unprecedented red-green offer. To avoid the battle of logos such as that of egos, a small collective has been formed quietly for two years to offer an alternative to traditional parties. Under the Citizen Archipelago label, the approach is inspired as much by Podemos in Spain as by the municipalism experienced in Grenoble in the 1970s. Citizen mayonnaise, which could seem utopian at the start with its complicated system of selecting candidates by lot and plebiscites on the Internet, seems to take since EE-LV then LFI joined the movement. The two parties proposed 12 candidates, who passed Saturday before a citizen jury to hope to appear on the list of 69 municipal candidates. Romain Cujives, a time candidate for the socialist nomination, also joined Archipel and some candidates claim to be yellow vests.

Can this team of seasoned political activists and non-inserted citizens fly apart when the head of the list has so far been skillfully pushed back? This is the secret hope of Nadia Pellefigue, head of the socialist list, who has also pretended to constitute a citizen list outside the party. Despite the support of the PS barons, who run the department and the region, the regional councilor is aware that she runs the risk of being left behind by the Archipelago. Surveys under the mantle attribute up to 30% of the votes to this new left in Toulouse sauce which is reminiscent of the list of Motivates formed in 2001. Except that this time, the PS is far from being favorite.

In principle, everyone agrees. It is a question of gathering on the left to defeat the big favorite, the first deputy representative of the macronie freshly declared candidate, Alain Fontanel, for the time being without official LREM label. On the casting, everyone is torn apart. First to be launched in the race for the succession of the socialist mayor Roland Ries, in a sort of who loves me follows me, the Strasbourg ecological and citizen list. The message is simple: the gathering is them. No party, no device, but citizen, renewal So much for the banner. We want to be in permanent co-construction, to arouse vocations, to do away with the pattern of the elected representative of male profession, explains Guillaume Libsig, one of the artisans of the movement.

On October 5, Jeanne Barseghian, 38, the only candidate to appear before the citizens' assembly, was designated to lead the list. By 108 voters. So much for the wave. And if her profile is attractive, she is not entirely unknown: elected EE-LV, advisor to the Eurometropolis delegated to the social and solidarity economy. The others come from the voluntary sector, mainly from the Citizen Lab, including Syamak Agha Babaei, vice-president of the Eurometropolis, as well as the head of the Public Place movement, Alexandre Feltz, also a health assistant. We were invited to meetings with the various left forces, the parties. But after these meetings, we realized that we were not necessarily going to be friends, says Guillaume Libsig. As much as the assembly list set its conditions: No alliance with the PS, no alliance with LREM-compatible people, he continues. A pike directed towards the standard-bearers of Generation s, the assistants Paul Meyer and Jean-Baptiste Gernet. These young hamonists, who have never hidden their ambitions for 2020, have disappeared from the landscape. Generation s, at the national level, there is no more news from the Europeans: they have become unmanageable, the movement will shunt them. Paul Meyer, while convoluted, confirmed that he had cut himself off from the party. It remains to settle. He looks on the side of LFI, which is also thinking about a citizen list. The problem is that they are also rebellious among themselves, blows an ecologist. If LFI does not follow up, Meyer assures that he could go it alone, until the end, betting on his own popularity. In the coming days, he will put on his fine clothes to go to the wedding ring. There may be surprises on the outstretched hands, he warns. It does not exclude that of the macronist candidate. So much for the foot call.

On the socialist side, the president of the Eurometropolis, Robert Herrmann, 64, who announced his retirement from public life in June, is tempted by a comeback, in the name, of course, of the general interest. At PS, he also whispered that Roland Ries, 74, two terms and narrowly victorious in 2014, could re-win. Sunday, he signed with other socialist or ex-PS elected officials an appeal in the JDD in favor of the constitution of a left pole of the majority outside LREM. Another rumor of autumn: the vice-president of the Eurometropolis and former PS minister, Catherine Trautmann. Like what they are ready to take out corpses to fill the void, we laugh at the green ones.

The socialists have nominated their candidate: the deputy, Mathieu Cahn, 74 votes out of 101 inserted. The PS is in a paradoxical situation, they are all torn apart, have trampled on friendships of thirty years to know who was going to get a slap, we comment behind the scenes. Mathieu Cahn, who wants an alliance before the first round, called to open discussions without delay. Problem: no one wants to talk to him. No leftist force is capable of bringing the certainty of being present in the second round, insists the socialist. It is in the pre-hamonization phase, analyzes Eric Schultz, city councilor and ex of EE-LV. Understand: He will be let go by everyone. Author of forums the day after the Europeans to call for the union of the left, Eric Schultz is an observer but would like to be too. Or ? Like the others, he waits For the moment, we do not see any dynamics, this is worrying. An alternative to the LREM scenario presented as inevitable is needed. .

In Bordeaux, the left takes to dream of making the right tremble. While the city has really known only two mayors since the end of the war, Chaban-Delmas then Juppé, the possibility of capturing the Girondin capital thanks to a union of the left between environmentalists and the PS becomes clearer. Two months ago, Matthieu Rouveyre and Emmanuelle Ajon, both elected socialist opposition and vice-presidents of the department, were commissioned - with the agreement of local activists - to find common ground with the Greens. The objective: to create a common list from the first round where the PS would be ready to leave the top of the list for the benefit of the ecologists. It is our responsibility to sit on our egos and put aside our aging political quarrel to really move forward together and produce an alternative that Bordeaux residents are waiting for, reacts Emmanuelle Ajon.

Negotiations for the allocation of places should come to an end this week. Carried by the climate emergency and riding on the good results of the EE-LV party in the Europeans in Gironde, the ecologists and their candidate Pierre Hurmic, declared since September, find themselves here in a position of strength. A poll, published on October 9 by the Elabe cabinet, credits Hurmic with 24.5% of the vote, 30.5% in the case of an alliance with the PS. That is only two points behind the heir to the Juppeist and outgoing mayor, Nicolas Florian. What galvanize the green troops. Thomas Cazenave, the candidate invested by LREM, points to only between 11.5 and 13%. EE-LV and the PS may, however, have to deal with the list of ex-PS Vincent Feltesse: ex-political adviser to François Hollande at the Elysée, candidate in 2014 with the support of Hurmic, would collect 9.5% of the vote.

This poll comes to prove that the ecological list is the only propellant of work-study in Bordeaux. Since its publication, we are also very courted, especially by young people, welcomes Pierre Hurmic. For the first time, in a very long time, the outgoing mayor is in difficulty. We will be able to attend a real electoral debate. But the elected official also says he is aware that he cannot win alone. The ecological emergency requires going beyond parties.

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