The party of Marine Le Pen hoped to strengthen its local presence, by the conquest of several cities. After a first round disappointing, that can wait until the national Rally of the second round ?
The results of the march 15, have not smiled in the national Gathering, if we compare with 2014. Six years ago, the national Front had exceeded the threshold of 10 % of the expressed in almost 86 % of the 369 where he had submitted a list. On 15 march last year, 52 % of the 262 lists RN were qualified for the second round.
Difficult, in these conditions, to achieve the goal that had set the party, to strengthen its territorial network, by the number of councillors, and by the conquest of the 50 cities deemed ” prenables “.
It remains that the far-right party has seen eight of its eleven incumbent mayor re-elected in the first round, sometimes with scores especially high : 74,21 % for Steve Briois in Hénin-Beaumont, 63,14 % for Fabien Engelmann in Hayange, 68,74 % for Robert Ménard, non-labeled, but supported by the RN to Béziers.
The victories are less bright for David Rachline (Fréjus), Julian Sanchez (Beaucaire), Franck Briffaut (Villers-Cotterêts), or Joris Hébrard (The Saddle), but these mayors have already resettled in their chairs.
The mayors of Luke and Mantes-la-Ville are forced to a second round, with a delicate position for the second, Cyril Nauth, who faces a republican front. Has Cogolinin the Var, the situation is special since the mayor Marc-Etienne Lansade has left the party in 2017. At the top of the first round, 47,50 % of the vote, he will face the 28th of June, to a list of union opposition.
Remains the case of Stéphane Ravier, elected mayor of the 7th sector of Marseille in 2014. The triangular him had been favorable but it is a duel to the candidate LR that awaits him on June 28. At the level of the city, its list came third in the first round, with 19.5% of votes, well below the score of the RN to the European (26,31%).
The battle of Perpignan
A republican front (with some cracks), it is also this that stands before Louis Aliot in Perpignan. With the prefecture of Pyrénées-Orientales, the national Rally account well pull off a city of more than 100,000 people to its outgoing mayor. And this even if the member does not have a formal label.
Louis Aliot, therefore, arrived well ahead of the first round with 35.6 percent of the vote while the Republican Jean-Marc Pujol was placed far behind at 18.4 %. But the withdrawal of the candidates LREM and EELV should play in its favor, as confirmed by the historian Nicolas Lebourg in the World :
And this is all the members of the list LREM, including the number 3, today call to vote for Louis Aliot.
Of seconds turns complicated
In addition to Perpignan, the national Rally nourishes some hope at Moissac, the third city of the Tarn-et-Garonne. His candidate, Roman Lopez, missed the election in the first ballot 123 votes. But for this second round, there will be only one opponent, the various left Estelle Hemmami.
Other candidates of the extreme right (with or without the label RN) are present in the second round, in quadrangular or triangular, and without real chances of winning their city, the image d’Avignon, Carpentras or Carcassonne.
The glimmer of hope as the national Gathering is possibly on the side of Cavaillon. If the outgoing mayor LR Gérard Daudet came first in the first round with more than 17 points ahead of the candidate, navy blue, Bénédicte Auzanot (the 39.01 % against 22,87%), it merged its list with that of the third the various right Jean-Pierre Peyard (14,99%). Conversely, the candidate LREM, has retired.
At the other end of France, to Marles-les-Mines (Pas-de-Calais), the merger with a list of various right also gives her chance to the candidate RN in the face of his opponent a communist.