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What you need to know about not being too boring on the 1st round in the North

What you need to know about not being too boring on the 1st round in the North

What you need to know about not being too boring on the 1st round in the North

Back to the future. We have just elected the President of the Republic that we still have to go back to vote, this time to choose the deputies who will sit in the National Assembly for the next 5 years. Nothing exceptional to tell the truth, this mechanism being the same since the establishment of the presidential five-year term in 2000. Except that the last elections were marked by a particularly high abstention and that the politicians are still wondering how to bring back the French at the polls. So 20 minutes has decided to present this first round to you in the Nord department, if not in a playful way, at least in the least forbidding way possible.

A few numbers to start

The North has 2.6 million inhabitants, 1.8 million of whom are registered on the electoral lists. For the legislative elections, the department is divided into 21 constituencies, almost double the Pas-de-Calais which has only 12.

To run for a deputy seat, they are 193 (double counting the replacements) to try their luck this year. This makes an average of 9 candidates per constituency. Does that sound like a lot to you? It is nothing however. For example, in 2017, for the 1st constituency alone, there were no fewer than 25 candidates.

Here are some parties

The relatively limited number of applicants can be explained in particular by the appearance of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), a left-wing coalition made up of LFI, PS, PCF and ecologists, making it possible to present a common candidate in each constituency. This does not prevent some odd left side in some sectors. Thus, the Clover, an environmentalist party, presents candidates in the 3rd and 11th constituencies. There are also various candidates from the left or from the Radical Left Party in 6 constituencies.

There is also a plethora of “unlabeled” and a few mavericks. Like Nicolas-François Karasiewicz, a visually impaired person from Lille, with his movement “A new vision of the territory”. Ludovic Lussiez, the only northern candidate, in the 12th, of the party created by Jean Lassalle, Résistons. In the 1st, Frédéric Chaouat presents himself under the label Political Wisdom. Or, still in the 1st, Jonathan Lefrancq, unsuccessful presidential candidate, who presents himself “For a coherent republic”.

The circuit of all dangers

If there are therefore an average of 9 candidates per constituency, there is one that is largely an exception. In the 15th (Bailleul, Cassel, Hazebrouck, Merville, Steenvoorde), they are 14 to present themselves. And in this case, it is not the left that should be blamed for the lack of unity, but rather the center and the right. There are 3 diverse candidates on the right, one LR and two from the center. Without counting one of the rare candidates of Debout la France, one of the ex CPNT, an RN, a Reconquest. From the center to the extreme right, they are therefore all the same 10.

You leave or I leave you

In general, outgoing deputies go back to coal to keep their seats. This is the case everywhere, except in the 9th, 10th and 13th constituencies. For the latter (Dunkirk), no controversy, the deputy in place, Christian Hutin, 61, said who did not intend to re-enlist and wanted to end his political career.

In the 10th (Tourcoing), the case is particular since the outgoing, Vincent Ledoux, is in office only because of the departure of the main candidate, Gérald Darmanin, in the government. The tactic will be the same since the current Minister of the Interior is again presenting himself to the deputies.

In Lille, in the 9th, the deputy in place, Valérie Petit, renounces to present herself unwillingly. Elected in 2017 under the LREM label, she had switched during her mandate to Horizons while ensuring the presidential majority of her constant support. A defection that went badly, so much so that this same majority refused to invest it, preferring Violette Spillebout, unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Lille in 2020.

Source: 20minutes

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