polls, candidates, campaign facts

polls, candidates, campaign facts
polls, candidates, campaign facts

REGIONAL ELECTIONS 2021 – Every day, France Inter examines the issues of the ballot in a region. For this second episode, zoom in on the Grand Est, a region that has never accepted the regrouping, in 2015, of Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardennes.

From left to right and top to bottom: Aurélie Filippetti, Jean Rottner, Laurent Jacobelli, Florian Philippot, Brigitte Klinkert and Eliane Romani. © Maxppp / PhotoPQR

Every day, France Inter invites you to take stock in one of the 13 metropolitan areas affected by the regional elections on June 20 and 27. Second episode in the Grand Est.

ID card

  • Population : 5,522,476 inhabitants
  • Budget : 3.4 billion euros
  • Capital : Strasbourg
  • Departments: Ardennes (08), Aube (10), Marne (51), Haute-Marne (52), Meurthe-et-Moselle (54), Meuse (55), Moselle (57), European community of Alsace (67/68 ) and Vosges (88).

The outgoing

Former mayor of Mulhouse, Jean Rottner (The Republicans) has been chairman of the Grand Est regional council since October 2017, following the resignation of Philippe Richert, elected in 2015. He is a candidate for his succession.

The forces involved

Not really stars playing in this region. Very few polls. And away from the cameras, the labels are more discreet, the alliances easier. In this region, Minister LaRem Brigitte Klinkert is a candidate and says she welcomes “ten elected LR” on his list for one “vast gathering of the center and the right”. Opposite, President LR, candidate for his succession, Jean Rottner dismissed Nadine Morano, accused of “nod to the RN”. Everyone puts water in their wine, under the amused gaze of the National Rally, which sees it as a “artificial cleavage”. But if, precisely, the two parties ally in the second round, the party of Marine Le Pen has no chance there. The left also seems far from the account, divided into two lists, which regrets the former socialist minister, Aurélie Filippetti, allied to the rebels, facing the ecologist, Eliane Romani, allied to the PCF and the PS.

What happened in 2015

In 2015, the large merged region saw three candidates compete in the second round, including, for the right, the outgoing president of the Alsace regional council and former minister of François Fillon. Facing him, Florian Philippot (for the National Front) and Jean-Pierre Masseret (PS) who had refused to withdraw as was the case of the Socialists in Hauts-de-France and in Paca, facing the push of the FN . Philippe Richert won in the second round with 48% of the vote.

Participation had reached 59% in the second round, ten points higher than in the first (48%).

The vastness of the region, a theme at the heart of the countryside

Six years later, the merger of these three regions (Alsace-Lorraine-Champagne-Ardennes) is still not successful. This is also one of the main debates of this campaign. Should we go back? Place Kléber, in Strasbourg, nobody cites the “Grand Est” to our microphone to evoke this region, whose existence seems to be defended only by its current president, LR Jean Rottner, candidate for his own succession. “We have a recognized power, our German friends are working with the Grand Est because they understood the economic and strategic interest of working with this great territorial unit; it is a force that the three former regions did not have”, he said.

Powerful economic lever or cultural marker? The former FN, and president of the Patriots, Florian Philippot, considers it necessary “to return to the three regions which are on a human scale, have a geographical, cultural and economic meaning”. But we must take advantage, according to him, “to reduce the number of elected officials, structures and save money”. The Regional Court of Auditors denounced a slippage in spending that is the honey of the RN, Laurent Jacobelli. “The Grand Est is an explosion in travel costs and payroll; permanent waste and fewer services”, he emphasizes.

The situation is such that a list claiming the autonomy of Alsace has been assembled, carried by Martin Meyer who proposes the dismantling of this region. “twice as big as Belgium”. A costly and demagogic promise according to the former socialist minister, Aurélie Filippetti who pleads instead for a “decentralized management of the Grand Est”. The candidate minister Brigitte Klinkert is more or less on the same line with delegated presidencies in each former region and more powers for the new European community of Alsace.

The campaign: the war of the rights

One thing is certain, they will not be spending their vacations together. Nancy Nadine Morano, a local right-wing figure, and Jean Rottner, LR candidate for re-election, are at open war. The former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy is no longer on the same line as the boss of the region, who made a strong decision by excluding him from the list: “I am the coach of a team, we are leaving for six years of life together. Knowing the themes carried by Nadine Morano and her personality, I do not want her on the list.” Nadine Morano quickly replied: she will not vote for the outgoing president of the Grand Est. “It seems that I am TOO right” she wrote in mid-May on Twitter, leaving doubt about her position vis-à-vis the RN.

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The campaign anecdote: Jean Rottner floured

From the flour from the head to the foot. The president of the region was greeted with a sack of flour on May 29, on the sidelines of a demonstration in defense of regional languages ​​in Colmar, when the Constitutional Council had just partially rejected the Molac bill. The author of the facts is an activist of the autonomist movement Unser Lander. “I am very sensitive to this tribute to Alsatian pastry. I keep some for my Kougelhopf and my Sunday pretzels”Jean Rottner joked on Twitter.

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A decidedly agitated demonstration since the RN filed a complaint accusing the deputy Jacques Cattin, running mate of Jean Rottner, of having attacked his leader in Alsace for these regional Christian Zimmermann.

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All lists present

  • “The Unpublished Appeal”, led by Aurélie Filippetti (Générations.s, La France insoumise, Radical Left Party, The Radicals, Place publique)
  • “The strength of our territories”, led by Brigitte Klinkert (La République en Marche, MoDem)
  • “Making the workers’ camp heard”, led by Louise Fève (Workers’ struggle)
  • “Freedom!”, Conducted by Florian Philippot (The Patriots)
  • “Rally for Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine”, led by Laurent Jacobelli (National Gathering)
  • “Stop Grand Est, forward Alsace!”, driving Martin Meyer (Unser Land)
  • “Act to stop suffering”, led by Adil Tyane (Union of French Muslim Democrats)
  • “Stronger together”, led by Jean Rottner (The Republicans, Union of Democrats and Independents)
  • “It’s time! For ecology and social justice in the Grand Est”, led by Eliane Romani (Europe ecology-The Greens, Socialist Party, Communist Party)
 
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