The party of the President of France showed a low result in local elections. The positions of the “green” have strengthened, for the first time in twenty years, the extreme right celebrate success in a large city, Paris has remained with the socialists
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The Europe-Ecology-Greens (EELV) party received the best result following the second round of local elections in France, which was held on Sunday, June 28. Green candidates were first elected mayors of Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux. This is reported by Politico and Reuters.
In Strasbourg, Jeanne Barseghyan, great-granddaughter of Perchui Barseghyan, one of the three women elected to the Parliament of the Republic of Armenia in 1919, was elected mayor. In Lyon, the associate of President Emmanuel Macron, the former Minister of Internal Affairs of the country Gerard Colon, lost to the representative of the “green” Gregory Ducse. Colon served as head of the city administration from 2001 to 2017, after which he moved to work in the government, but returned to the post of mayor in 2018. In Bordeaux, the candidate of the “green” Pierre Jurmick went around the center-right Nicolas Florian.
Where the “green” failed to win, they were able to enter into an alliance with the left parties and ensure the victory of their nominees. So in Paris, socialist Ann Hidalgo was re-elected to the post of mayor with the active support of the “greens”. The extreme right-wing party, Marine Le Pen, National Association, also achieved success in the elections. For the first time in twenty years, her candidate was elected mayor of a relatively large city – Perpignan (population of about 100 thousand people), bypassing the current mayor from the center-right Jean-Marc Pujol.
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The only major success of the Forward, Republic, presidential party, founded in 2016, is the preservation of the post of mayor of Le Havre for Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. According to the French Constitution, Philip can offer a candidate for work as mayor, and he himself can continue to work as head of government. On Monday, June 29, he should have a conversation with President Macron to discuss the current situation. The convincing victory of the prime minister in Le Havre (he received about 59% of the vote) could complicate Macron’s plans to reset the government. Two years before the end of his presidency, the head of state plans to conduct rearrangements in the cabinet, Politico claims. According to an Ifop poll, 43% of the French are in favor of continuing the work of Philippe at the head of the government, 33% are in favor of his resignation.