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Legislative: Valls, Borne, Blanquer … the first invested by the presidential majority

An agreement, a change of name and the first candidates invested for the legislative elections. The leaders of the outgoing majority formalized their union on Thursday May 5 in view of the June elections. At the start of the evening, the presidential majority published a first list of 187 invested candidates. Among them are the ministers Elisabeth Borne (Calvados), Jean-Michel Blanquer (Hauts-de-Seine) and Gabriel Attal (Hauts-de-Seine), as well as the former socialist Prime Minister Manuel Valls (French from Spain and from Portugal). A second salvo must be unveiled at the end of the week.

The majority also granted 58 constituencies to the party of Edouard Philippe, a sign according to them that all “rivalries of clans and people” are ruled out at the dawn of the second five-year term. There was little doubt that Richard Ferrand for La République en Marche, François Bayrou for the MoDem, and Edouard Philippe for Horizons, would reach an agreement in view of the elections of June 12 and 19, the challenge being to limit the scars of tough negotiations. In a press conference, everyone therefore heavily insisted on “the good mood” that went through the discussions – “we had a good laugh”, even launched Richard Ferrand – which made it possible to “avoid clan rivalries and of people,” says François Bayrou.

No disagreements

As for the noises of dissension and “picrocholine wars” with Edouard Philippe, reinforced after Horizon publicly deplored ten days ago the lack of exchanges among the partners, they are only the fault of the “talkative people”, swore the partners. “I suggest that you judge not on anxieties, conjectures, anonymous statements, but on actions,” pleaded the former Prime Minister. So here is the majority in working order five weeks before the first round, united in a “confederation” called “Together!” and chaired by Richard Ferrand. Each of the three pillars – LREM, MoDem and Horizons – will be able to form its group in the Assembly, but will depend on a common funding association which will then distribute the subsidies.

“We are together because we are not identical. But these differences are obviously an asset to build something in common”, assured Edouard Philippe, who will therefore hold the right flank of the majority. According to concordant sources within the majority, the newcomer Horizons won 58 constituencies under this agreement, and the MoDem between 101 and 110. This leaves around 400 for LREM candidates, some constituencies “which are counted less only on the fingers of one hand” being left vacant so as not to “facilitate the life” of “extremist” applicants, according to Richard Ferrand.

The Mayor does not return

Among the other candidates will be several ministers. In addition to the personalities mentioned above, the list released Thursday includes Amélie de Montchalin, Gérald Darmanin, Emmanuelle Wargon, Olivier Dussopt and Clément Beaune. On the other hand, the Minister of Economy Bruno Le Maire announced that he would not compete for a 4th term in Eure, and that of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti, approached in the North, indicated that he had no intention of running for office. However, there are still “a few adjustments” to be made and “it is progressing slowly” in the finalization of the lists, indicates a stakeholder in the negotiations. “It’s always difficult to choose between quality profiles in the same territory. And sometimes also difficult to explain to a leaver that you have to stop”, advances this same source.

Among the questions remaining in suspense is also the future of other components of the majority: the small centre-left party Territoires de progress, its centre-right counterpart Agir, the ecologist chapel En Commun! or the Radical Movement. The boss of La République en Marche Stanislas Guerini sketched a landing strip by announcing Thursday the “refoundation” of his party, which will take the name of “Renaissance”, with the idea of ​​”continuing to expand this political movement” created by Emmanuel Macron in 2016. Renaissance “will be intended to be open to citizens, elected officials, local elected officials wherever they come from” and “to current and future partners of the presidential majority”, added Stanislas Guerini, who hopes move “quickly” on the issue. Discussions will therefore open with these parties to try to integrate them into “Renaissance”, thus pursuing the objective set out by Emmanuel Macron the day after the first round of the presidential election to build “a great political movement of unity and stock”.

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