The night was short for some regional candidates. As soon as the results were published on Sunday evening, negotiations for the second round of the election began. Only the lists having exceeded 10% of the votes cast can be maintained in the second round, but those having obtained 5% can be merged. Discussions are often long and bitter, since the candidates must agree on a common project as well as on the composition of a new list (which people? In which order?). All in just two days and two nights, since the lists for the second round must be submitted before 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“We did not sleep”
In Pays-de-la-Loire, the teams of Mathieu Orphelin and Guillaume Garot did not sleep much. The first, former Macronist and ex-EELV deputy, supported by rebels and ecologists, came second in the first round with 18.7% of the vote. The second, a socialist deputy, is third (16.3%). To try to add their strength and beat the outgoing right-wing Christelle Morancais (34.29%), they announced to ally themselves in the second round on Sunday evening, before starting “serene, fluid discussions”, reported Guillaume Garot at a press conference on Monday.
“We did not sleep much, but we worked a lot”, smiles Mathieu Orphelin, who will take the head of this new list made up of the running mates of the two men in proportion to their score in the first round, “ie around 50/50 “. “We are showing the way, I hope for the negotiations on the left in other regions,” said the candidate.
Negotiating places on the common list, “the most painful”
In Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, the ecologists could hold their own (with 10.3% of the vote), but they opted for a merger with the outgoing socialist president Marie-Guite Dufay to block the National Rally. “The risk of Julien Odoul’s victory may be low [il a obtenu 23,19 % des suffrages], we do not want to take it ”, explains one in the entourage of the head of the EELV list Stéphanie Modde.
“We had started to think before the first round, to discuss the program, and the places on the list, which is less important but takes more time, because it is more painful”, we indicate in the green camp. This involved merging two lists of 116 names each. “Once the final results fell on Sunday evening, representatives of the two lists met in a neutral place, a room in a hotel. They talked all night, it ended at 6 am, then we had to send the bulletin to the printer at 11 am, ”says a relative of the candidate.
The Greens will ultimately have 8 candidates in an eligible position on this union list. “In Center-Val-de-Loire, EELV made 10.85%, like us, but will have 12 eligible places on the merger list with the outgoing PS”, we observe in the entourage of Stéphanie Modde for stress that the negotiations were not easy in the region.
A trio gathered in Ile-de-France, failure in Normandy
In Ile-de-France, the union will also take place on the left, but the discussions took a little longer, and for good reason: the final results fell in the middle of the night. The alliance was formalized a few hours after that of the Ligériens. The ecologist Julien Bayou (12.95% in the first round), the socialist Audrey Pulvar (11.07%) and the rebellious Clémentine Autain (10.24%) present the terms of their agreement this Monday at 5 p.m. in Aubervilliers . The former opponents will take the opportunity to make their first campaign trip to three, on the theme of thermal renovation. Because the stake, once the difficult negotiations are over, is to display this new union after having had to make concessions on their respective programs.
Change is at hand. First trip to follow today.
In the campaign towards victory for an ecological and united region!
– Julien Bayou (@julienbayou) June 21, 2021
The exchanges “went very well”, according to the entourage of Julien Bayou. “Everyone had the will to succeed very quickly to get in order quickly and offer an alternative to the presidency of Valérie Pécresse”.
The leftist lists thus operated mergers in at least six regions on Monday. Conversely, discussions failed in New Aquitaine between the outgoing PS and EELV, or in Normandy between the PS-EELV and PCF-LFI lists, where the second was not able to maintain itself with 9.6% of voice. As for alliances between right-wing and central lists, they are rarer. Discussions are however taking place between Nicolas Forissier (LR) and Marc Fesneau (MoDem) in Center-Val-de-Loire.