the left and environmentalists, new opposition to Xavier Bertrand

Xavier Bertrand was reelected at the head of the Hauts-de-France regional council on July 2 in Lille. FRANCOIS LO PRESTI v AFP

The left has returned to the hemicycle of the Hauts-de-France region after more than five years of absence. Xavier Bertrand, reelected at the head of the regional council with an absolute majority (i.e. all 110 votes of regional advisers in his group out of an assembly of 170 elected officials) during the installation plenary session on Friday morning, July 2 in Lille, will now have to deal with a new opposition. “I don’t know what the tone will be in this hemicycle, but it is more representative and that’s all the better”, did he declare.

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The 28 elected left (10 from the Socialist Party, 9 from Europe Ecology-Les Verts, 6 from La France insoumise and 3 from the French Communist Party) all voted for their head of the list Karima Delli when appointing the future president of region. “It was important that we were all behind our candidacy, entrusted the socialist regional councilor Benjamin Saint-Huile. We are demonstrating that we have a common project. “

A common project but different sensibilities. On Friday, if the ecologist MEP Karima Delli embodied the voice of the opposition against Xavier Bertrand, nothing says that there will be only one group within the hemicycle to represent the left and the environmentalists . “I carried a great rally and I have the will to continue, explained Karima Delli. Our will is to move forward, but give us time to settle in. “ Facing President Xavier Bertrand, Karima Delli announced her intention to “Making the region the vanguard of energy transition” car “In economics, green is the color to get us out of red, and we can no longer oppose ecology and economics”. But she and her allies are waiting for the next meeting on July 20 to announce whether or not they will all sit together.

Left plural, but not divided

Each party is doing its accounts. The rules of procedure of the regional council impose a threshold of ten elected to create a group. The ten Socialists and the three elected Communists could form an alliance. “We will be heard, warn the three elected Communists, but for that there are different ways of organizing within the opposition. “ The new regional councilors want to benefit from the maximum of means to express themselves: speaking time during the assemblies, space granted in the newspaper of the regional council, rooms made available … “We are looking at how, from a strategic point of view, to better embody the opposition, explains Benjamin Saint-Huile. Are we going to do one, two or three groups? For us, the important thing is to embody a plural opposition. “

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