Legislation in France: In Lyon, Macron’s camp faces the united left

An example of this struggle is in the city of Lyon, where an outgoing deputy was overtaken in the first round of legislative balloting by his young rival from the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (NUPES).

Tomas Rodigos (Renaissance Party candidate, the new name for La République en Marche) and his team commemorated their day this Thursday morning. They are preparing to distribute flyers and lure voters in a market in the 1st arrondissement of the Rhone in Lyon.

In the first round, the incumbent took second place. In 2017, Emmanuel Macron moved this former mayor to the wave of La République en Marche.

I was hoping, with a personal added value, that I might arrive in a pocket handkerchief. There’s a slightly bigger gap than I thought, four and a half percenttrust.

The shopkeeper noticed the score was tight in the first round and promised the outgoing deputy she’d put her fingers on it in the second round.

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Hopefully there will be a jump from our voters, from LR . voters [droite] Hence our fellow citizens who do not want the Jean-Luc Mélenchon programme. »

Quote from Tomas Rodriguez, deputy candidate for re-election

A gesture of support for Thomas Rodriguez. In the background, activists from her NUPES rival, Aurélie Gries, are also distributing election flyers. They brought a large poster on which we see the life-size portrait of the candidate and a portrait of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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However, others do not particularly want to hear about Emmanuel Macron’s camp candidates.

Fabian Namias, a resident of the neighbourhood, says he will vote for NUPES Because we really need it to rebalance things, at least in purchasing power.

“I think that today, we have a little problem living together, and I think it would be good for everyone to have a project that relies a little more on solidarity between people.”

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A little later, Christian Lobo does not utter his words. “So far, we’ve tasted five years of Macron. It’s a disaster for me. I’m 62, he’s the worst president I’ve ever seen. All this pressure he put on us for five years! We did demonstrations and did everything.”

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In this district of Lyon where many retirees and highly educated people live but also has a high proportion of social housing, left-wing presidential candidates received about 40% of the vote in the first round. Jean-Luc Melenchon finished there in the lead.

The presidential camp looms red, the danger of paralysis, if the deputies of the united left enter the National Assembly in effect.

This is a position shared by Gerard Chavas, who came to sell his takeaway in Lyon. expectMess“,” text “:” chaos “}}”> Mess when necessary.

This merchant says that coexistence in Parliament is a “bazaar”. The last period of coexistence in France (1997-2002) began after the pluralist left, which included in particular the socialists and communists, gained an absolute majority on June 1, 1997. The next day, President Jacques Chirac appointed the socialist Lionel Jospin as Prime Minister.

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Aurelie Grace, a candidate for NUPES, from rebellious France, denounces this rhetoric of fear.

She began communicating by expecting the worst if her opponent’s camp wins by an absolute majority on Sunday:: Social Breakdown, Democratic Denial and Failure to Heed the Climate Crisis. Text: We imagine this will be a program in continuity for the past five years. So: social harm, democratic denial and failure to take account of the climate crisis. “}}”>We imagine it will be a program in continuity for the past five years. So: social breakdown, democratic disenfranchisement, and disregard for the climate crisis.

Aurelie Grace, of NUPES, took first place in the first round of legislative elections in the first constituency in the Rhone. She is the deputy mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Lyon, responsible for early childhood and community life. She is also a social worker in a minors penal institution.

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On Thursday afternoon, O’Reilly Grace courtes parents after school. She thinks she can still count on a stockpile of votes on the left.

She does not believe there is an anti-Melenchon front in the constituency.

I have 37.75% of the vote. I’m up against Macaroni, La Republic en Marche. And there is already an interest in going to the vote, because we can pass. »

Quote from Aurélie Gries to a resident she called to give her an election flyer

To achieve this, it will be especially necessary for young people to go to vote. They largely avoided the polls in the first round of legislative elections. NUPES promises to improve a lot.

Aurélie Gries explains to a young woman that her training suggests an increase in the youth allowance.

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Isabelle, who just spoke with Aurélie Gries, explains what to expect from a deputy: “There could be more housing, as many families struggle to get it. And a few nurseries too. I struggled to get a place for my two daughters.”

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If Aurélie Gries and her team were targeting the sector at the end of the campaign, it was because abstentions were so strong in the first legislative round in this region that Jean-Luc Mélenchon voted for president. It is often the people who vote on the left, in Lyon as well as elsewhere in France, who also abstain the most in elections.she adds.

The key to the second round of legislative voting: persuading the undecided and encouraging the abstainers to go this time to the polls.

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