Municipal 2020, the center-left takes back Imola and also celebrates in Faenza

In Imola, where voting was resumed after the five-star junta had resigned due to internal disputes, Marco Panieri obtained 20,558 votes and 57.4%, while Matteo Salvini’s loyalist, the regional councilor Daniele Marchetti, obtained 9,569 votes and 26.7%. The 5-star candidate, Ezio Roi, comes fourth with 2,257 votes (6.3%): in June 2018 Manuela Sangiorgi obtained 29.29% in the first round (9,062 votes) and 55.49% in the second round (15,819 votes) .
In Faenza (Ravenna) the outgoing councilor dem Massimo Isola, also supported by the M5S, becomes mayor with 59.5% while Paolo Cavina of the center-right stops at 38.2%.

To Massimo Isola and Marco Panieri, Calvano sends a “thank you for having committed themselves without saving energy, for having based their electoral campaigns on confrontation and listening to citizens. I wish you both good work and I am sure that they will be immediately at serving the people of Faenza and Imola with enthusiasm, seriousness and desire to do “. Virginio Merola, mayor of Bologna and head of the metropolitan city, was also satisfied with the result of Imola: “I am very happy for this beautiful victory that brings Imola back to the center-left. As a metropolitan city we need a strong and reliable interlocutor at the helm of the second city in the area metropolitan and Marco certainly is “.

The other challenges in Emilia-Romagna

A Vignola (Modena), where the former mayor Simone Pelloni was elected in the Region with the League, was fighting at the last vote: the center-left won with Emilia Muratori (50.07%), but Angelo Pasini (Center-right, 49.93%) ) collected only 17 votes less than the opponent (6105 against the opponent’s 6122). TO Montese elected mayor Matteo Deluca (Montese … is renewed) with 46% of the preferences and 11 votes more than the opponent.

At the center-right the two municipalities in the Ferrara area vote. TO Bondeno the Lega candidate Simone Saletti triumphs with 59.1%: almost doubled the face of the Pd Tommaso Corradi (33.9%). TO Comacchio clear success of the center-right candidate Pierluigi Negri (52.9%), far behind Alberto Righetti (31.1).

The first municipalities to have concluded the poll were Verghereto (FC), which sees the victory of Enrico Salvi (Protagonists of the territory) with 55.8%, e Ferriere (PC), who elects Carlotta Oppizzi (Ferriere roots and future) as mayor with 56.7% of the votes, after the death in March of the first citizen Giovanni Malchiodi, killed by the covid.

In the Parma area, several municipalities went to vote. TO Pellegrino Parmense success of Alberto Canepari (Common commitment for Pellegrino) with 49%. TO Palanzano difference of 33 votes between winner and loser: mayor Ermes Boraschi (Palanzano and its valleys) with 53% and 378 votes. Giuseppe Restiani (Looking to the future) is the mayor of Varano de ‘Melegari with 52.57%. TO Fontevivo wins the candidate of Brothers of Italy-Salvini premier Tommaso Fiazza with 77.7% of the votes. Matteo Concari is the mayor of Soragna with 40.27%.

In Reggiano it was voted a Luzzara: reconfirmation of Elisabetta Sottili (Center left for Luzzara) who became mayor at the end of January after the election of Andrea Costa to the Regional Council: today she obtains 68.6%. TO Canossainstead, Luca Bolondi (United for Canossa) is confirmed as mayor with 52.8% of the votes.


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In the Milanese area, the Renzians join forces with Forza Italia: in Corsico Italia Viva supports the candidate for the running for the Communal

The election manifesto makes a certain impression. There is the big symbol of Forza Italia with the words “Berlusconi”, then next to it there is another with three other symbols inside. Two of popular centrist acronyms, the third of Italia Viva. Matteo Renzi’s party born from a split of the Democratic Party. We are in Corsico, a town of 35,000 inhabitants to vote next 20 and 21 September, where the Renzians have decided not to support the candidate of the Democratic Party and the center-left and instead run for the name of Forza Italia, Roberto Mei. “Corsico with your head held high”, says the slogan.

The agreement was closed in recent days and has created considerable embarrassment among the fellow adventurers of the national government of Pd, 5 Stelle and the left. Mei, councilor of the outgoing center-right junta, runs both against the center-right of the Lega and Fratelli d’Italia and against the center-left. He will challenge Filippo Errante, while the dem present their own candidate, Stefano Ventura. The Corsico case is not isolated, because at the provincial level Iv seems to play on two different fields, as is already happening at the national level. A little with the center-left, a little with some tactical favor in the center-right. Of the nine municipalities that will go to the vote in the metropolitan city, Italia Viva will support the Democratic Party candidate in only three cases: Segrate, Bollate and Cologno Monzese.

If on the national level after the vote of the grillini on Rousseau the alliance between the Democratic Party and the 5 Stars seems to be strengthening – at least according to the plans of their respective leaders – on the local level there has been no repercussion. In fact, there will be no common candidates, also because the Roman turn came too late to allow a change of course. “In recent months, positive relations had also been established in electoral terms with the M5S – explains the organizational secretary of the metropolitan PD, Paolo Razzano – but then the local activists were stopped and therefore where they presented themselves they launched autonomous candidates”. Too complicated, and perhaps not too serious, to reciprocate everything a few days after the presentation of the lists. For this reason, in short, there will be no local tests at the Milanese level to evaluate a possible alliance between the left and 5 Stars.

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Nancy, Mathieu Klein ends the reign of the right

It is the end of the hegemony of the right in Nancy. For the first time since 1947 and the departure from the town hall of Henry Sirguey (SFIO), a socialist, Mathieu Klein, 44, will take the head of the municipal majority. Supported by Europe Écologie-Les Verts (EELV), it won around 54% of the vote, ahead of the outgoing mayor Laurent Hénart (UDI), foal of André Rossinot, the president of the metropolis of Grand Nancy, by almost 10 points. guardian figure of the city for almost forty years.

Ancrage local

Born in 1976 in Phalsbourg, in the Moselle, Mathieu Klein studied sociology at the University of Nancy. At the age of 16, he joined the PS and campaigned in favor of “yes” to the Maastricht treaty. At the same time, he joined the UNEF and climbed, during the 2000s, the echelons of the local Young Socialist Movement, reaching several positions of responsibility: secretary of the Nancy section of the PS, first secretary of the PS of Meurthe-et -Moselle, member of the national office in 2008, general councilor of the canton of Nancy-Nord, municipal and metropolitan councilor.

In 2014, he tried for the first time to run for the mayor of Nancy, already facing Laurent Hénart. Without success. During the inter-lap, his mentor, Michel Dinet, was killed in a road accident. At 39, he succeeded him as president of the departmental council of Meurthe-et-Moselle.

National contacts

Openly homosexual, he is part of the Homosexualities and Socialism movement (HES), he is married and father of three children. A time close to Martine Aubry, the new mayor of Nancy was spokesperson for Manuel Valls in primary school in 2017. Requested by Édouard Philippe, he also reportedly refused to enter government in 2018.

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Municipal 2020: left socialism has beautiful remains

The Socialist Party emerged stronger from the municipal ballot, consolidating its positions in Paris, Lille or Nantes and winning many medium-sized cities. For its part, the Communist Party has suffered serious losses in the historic bastions of the “red suburbs”, in Seine-Saint-Denis and in Val-de-Marne.

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Municipal 2020: how to explain such a record of abstention?

According to the Interior Ministry, turnout in the second round on Sunday June 28 was 41.6%, and abstention therefore reached an all-time high of 58.4% for municipal elections. A figure up from the first round where it had been 55.3%. Changes in modes of engagement, questioning of institutions or the weight of an unprecedented context, this decline in participation has multiple causes.

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Léonore Moncond’huy, 30-year-old scout, delights Poitiers town hall

It was a young woman of 30 who created the surprise by winning in the Poitiers municipal elections, a socialist stronghold for forty-three years. Born into a family of little politicized academics, Léonore Moncond’huy, who grew up in Poitiers, is not new to engagement. A Scout since the age of 11, in the Union Girl Scouts, she developed a taste for nature, autonomy and popular education very early on.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

Committed to the Poitiers youth municipal council, to the council of high school life, then to her university, the young woman, who did civic service and an Erasmus in Italy, also studied at Sciences-Po Paris. When she returned to Poitiers in 2015, EELV made her her regional candidate and she became the youngest counselor in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Nature education

In 2018, the one who became project manager in international educational policies participated in the creation of the Poitiers Collectif citizen group, who chose her as head of a list supported by the PCF, Génération (s) and Nouvelle Donne.

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Goal : ” place a new generation of decision-makers (…) in charge of the ecological crisis ”. Newly elected member plans to stop “To finance Poitiers-Biard airport” and of “Develop commercial areas on the outskirts (of the city) to promote local trade”.

She also wants to prioritize education “In touch with nature” and undertakes that “Every child has the right to go on vacation every year”.

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The Republicans have shown their porosity with the center

« Republicans have returned to victory after the failure of the presidential, legislative, European Repeat the tenors of the party. Heavy losses rich in symbol, however, seem to temper such enthusiasm. Starting with Bordeaux, the city of Jacques Chaban-Delmas then Alain Juppé: not only for the first time since 1947 the right had been forced to a second round, but in addition it ended in defeat.

→ FIND the results of the second round of the 2020 municipal elections, city by city

And, unless surprisingly Marseille, the second largest city in France, even if the left did not obtain an absolute majority of seats (50 out of 101), faced with a divided opposition between the right (42 seats) and the far right ( 9 seats). In total, the right loses fifty-seven cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants and gains eleven, a negative balance of forty-six mayors. It is therefore difficult to see a victory.

First force of territories

This negative balance must nevertheless be qualified. The right remains the main force in the territories with 44% of the cities with more than 30,000 inhabitants, against 34% for the left and 18% for the center. If the left remains stable, it is especially the center that is progressing (from 2 to 18% of the cities concerned).

However, this progression from the center to the detriment of the right is almost always carried out due to the rallying of the outgoing mayor with the presidential majority. This is particularly the case for all IDUs (Brigitte Fouré in Amiens, Aude Lagarde in Drancy, André Santini in Issy-les-Moulineaux) or ex-LR Édouard Philippe (Le Havre, various centers), Christophe Béchu (Angers, various centers), Gérald Darmanin (Tourcoing, LREM) and Guillaume Delbar (Roubaix, various centers).

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Generally, LR supported them. This was certainly not the case for Prime Minister Édouard Philippe in Le Havre. A press release even said that ” The Republicans do not support the list led by Édouard Philippe in Le Havre “And” take note Of the decision of its members therein to take leave of the party. But it was unprecedented that the first parliamentary opposition party did not present a candidate against the leader of the majority.

A win-win choice

Orleans, with the victory of Serge Grouard, is an exception. Elected in 2001, the person concerned had entrusted his chair in June 2015 to his first assistant, Olivier Carré. Which went to the center by rallying the presidential majority after the 2019 Europeans, while Serge Grouard remained loyal to his political family. Sunday, Serge Grouard beat his former ally, whose candidacy was supported by LREM, and thus allowed the right to keep the city of Johannine.

If the anti-ecological second-round coalitions between LREM and LR did not prevent the environmental left from winning in Lyon, Bordeaux and Strasbourg, the re-elected mayors of the right were often elected with official or unofficial support, from the first round, one or more components of the presidential majority, including LREM in Toulouse, Nice, Limoges, Caen, Rueil-Malmaison or Calais. This choice turned out to be a win-win.

For LR, who escaped competition from his electorate from a macronist list, and for LREM, which, for lack of a well-established personality in many territories, opted for this strategy in order to obtain municipal councilors. ” Divisions to the right and to the center in some cities unfortunately made us lose certain municipalities “, Insists on the contrary Valérie Pécresse, whose party – Free! – conquered the communist stronghold Champigny-sur-Marne.

The fact remains that these rapprochements blurred the lines, emphasizing the porosity between the right and the center. Whereas, to regain power, LR will on the contrary have to distance itself from macronism in order to appear as an alternative. ” If the right wants to transform these local successes into a national victory, it still has a long way to go “, Underlines Bruno Retailleau, president of the LR group in the Senate and potential candidate for the presidential election.

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Municipal balance sheet for the right

Main cities won by the right: Metz, Champigny-sur-Marne, Noisy-le-Grand, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Clichy, Bondy, Choisy-le-Roi, Bron, Neuilly-sur-Marne, Auxerre, Villeneuve-Saint-Georges.

Preserved by the right: Toulouse, Nice, Reims, Saint-Étienne, Toulon, Nîmes, Aix-en-Provence, Limoges, Boulogne-Billancourt, Orléans, Argenteuil, Mulhouse, Caen.

Lost by the right: Bordeaux, Tours, Annecy, Perpignan, Nancy, Colombes, Bourges, Quimper, Chambéry, Villejuif, Bobigny, Corbeil-Essonnes, Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine.

Main cities whose mayor from the right has moved to the center since 2017: Le Havre, Angers, Amiens, Tourcoing, Roubaix, Drancy, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Pessac, Niort, La Roche-sur-Yon, Vannes, Bayonne, Massy, ​​Montrouge.

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Jeanne Barseghian wants to give a green future to Strasbourg

On paper, it was not won. Although in the lead in March of the first round of these 2020 municipal elections, the environmental candidate Jeanne Barseghian, 39, had failed to ally with the former mayor PS Catherine Trautmann. What had given wings to LREM Alain Fontanel, dolphin of the outgoing mayor Roland Ries, who, harnessed with LR Jean-Philippe Vetter, had thought to win.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

Finally, although weakened by a very virulent Covid, this discreet, at the head of a citizen list supported by the PCF and Generation (s), won with flying colors in a pioneering city for the bicycle and the tramway , but now very concerned by pollution.

Sustainable development consultant

Born of an Armenian father, lawyer, and a mother lawyer, Jeanne Barseghian, who grew up between Paris and Normandy, lived two years in Germany, country where she converted to ecology. Arrived in Strasbourg in 2002 to finish her studies, which she finances by multiplying odd jobs, she specializes in environmental law.

Become a consultant in sustainable development, this vegetarian very invested in the associative life works on the scenarios of the post-Fessenheim. In 2014, she also coordinated the green program at municipal level and was elected. She resigned from her mandate at the metropolis to protest against the launch of work on the Strasbourg motorway bypass.

→ PORTRAIT. Municipal: in Bordeaux, “the green meeting” of Pierre Hurmic

Now mayor of Strasbourg, whom she plans to declare in an “ecological state of emergency”, Jeanne Barseghian wishes to launch a large loan in favor of thermal renovation, create a bonus for Strasbourg residents who abandon their vehicle and build an urban RER for connect the 14 stations of the metropolis.

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Jeanne Barseghian wants to give a green future to Strasbourg

On paper, it was not won. Although in the lead in March of the first round of these 2020 municipal elections, the environmental candidate Jeanne Barseghian, 39, had failed to ally with the former mayor PS Catherine Trautmann. What had given wings to LREM Alain Fontanel, dolphin of the outgoing mayor Roland Ries, who, harnessed with LR Jean-Philippe Vetter, had thought to win.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

Finally, although weakened by a very virulent Covid, this discreet, at the head of a citizen list supported by the PCF and Generation (s), won with flying colors in a pioneering city for the bicycle and the tramway , but now very concerned by pollution.

Sustainable development consultant

Born of an Armenian father, lawyer, and a mother lawyer, Jeanne Barseghian, who grew up between Paris and Normandy, lived two years in Germany, country where she converted to ecology. Arrived in Strasbourg in 2002 to finish her studies, which she finances by multiplying odd jobs, she specializes in environmental law.

Become a consultant in sustainable development, this vegetarian very invested in the associative life works on the scenarios of the post-Fessenheim. In 2014, she also coordinated the green program at municipal level and was elected. She resigned from her mandate at the metropolis to protest against the launch of work on the Strasbourg motorway bypass.

→ PORTRAIT. Municipal: in Bordeaux, “the green meeting” of Pierre Hurmic

Now mayor of Strasbourg, whom she plans to declare in an “ecological state of emergency”, Jeanne Barseghian wishes to launch a large loan in favor of thermal renovation, create a bonus for Strasbourg residents who abandon their vehicle and build an urban RER for connect the 14 stations of the metropolis.

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Municipalities who question local democracy

There will be a before and after this 2020 vintage of the municipal. This poll organized under exceptional conditions due to the health crisis will leave traces on local democracy, already worked for years by institutional changes and the evolution of the relationship of citizens to politics. From the evening of the first round, a figure summarized the situation: 55.34% abstention. More than one in two voters did not come on March 15 to elect their future mayor.

→ ANALYSIS. Municipal 2020: green wave and abstentionist tidal wave

In the second round, participation could drop further. The Interior Ministry reports a midday turnout of 15.29%, three points below what it was at the same time on March 15 (18.38%).

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The impact of the health crisis and the first containment announcements on March 14 (notably with the closure of restaurants), on the eve of the election, is beyond doubt. Abstention was then clearly higher in the main region affected by the epidemic, the Great East, where it reached almost 74% in Mulhouse and even crossed the 80% mark in ten cities! But this democratic accident comes against a backdrop of a constantly declining participation.

→ FIND at 8 p.m. the results of the second round of the 2020 municipal elections, city by city

“Even if the municipal elections remain with the presidential elections where the French vote the most”, recalls Frédéric Dabi, Deputy Director General of Ifop. Thus, the abstention rate went from 21.6% in the first round of municipal elections in 1983 to 30.6% in 1995 then to 36.4% in the last municipal elections in 2014.

64% abstention in cities of 100,000 inhabitants

Opinion polls regularly show that mayors are the public officials to whom the French trust the most. Nevertheless, the democratic crisis did not spare the local executives. However, the situation is not the same depending on whether it is a village or a metropolis. A detailed analysis of the results of the first round indicates that this abstention is proportional to the size of the cities.

Thus, on March 15, it was 36% in municipalities with less than 1,000 inhabitants, it crossed the 60% mark for those with 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants and peaked at 64% in the large agglomerations of more than 100,000 inhabitants. This difference in participation according to the size of the cities is a specificity of the municipal ballot. “The difference in participation between small and large cities was for example only 5 points in the last legislative elections”, underlines Frédéric Dabi.

For many specialists, the reasons for this disaffection are to be sought in particular with regard to the institutional developments of recent decades. The development of groupings of municipalities has helped transform the function of the local elected representative. “He appears less as the representative of a population than as an actor of public policies”, sums up political scientist Rémy Le Saout.

Proximity and attachment to the mayor remain strong, however, in the villages. In spite of the surveys which regularly alert on the blues of the local elected officials, they are numerous each time to represent themselves before the voters. “This idea of ​​the vocations crisis is more a story than a reality”, puts the political scientist into perspective.

The question of the legitimacy of elected officials

Democratic unrest concerns more the larger cities. According to Rémy le Saout, it is at the level of cities of 5,000 to 8,000 inhabitants that the rupture occurs and that the effect of technocracy is felt on the relationship between the elected official and his constituents. “Many mayors have made good use of the tool represented by intermunicipal organizations. It is a real political lever that allows skills to be raised, but it is also very time-consuming. “ While for several decades, the state services, like the treasuries, have withdrawn from the field, the intermunicipalities have taken over, transforming their elected representatives into real professionals of politics.

→ THE FACTS. Municipal 2020: a second round marked by the abstention and the shadow of the Covid-19

In this context, where the institutional link seems inexorably to fade between the inhabitants of the cities and their representatives, this spoiled edition of the municipalities falls very badly. Some mayors were re-elected in the first round but with an extremely weak base of votes. This is the case for example of the Minister of Public Accounts Gérald Darmanin, who wins hands down in his northern stronghold of Tourcoing with more than 60% of the votes. But the participation having been only 25%, the mayor was in fact chosen only by 15% of the registered members. Others are even less well elected like the mayor of Annemasse elected by 13% of the voters of his commune of Haute-Savoie.

This unprecedented situation inevitably raises the question of the legitimacy of elected officials. In its opinion delivered on June 17, the Constitutional Council recalled that with regard to the constitution, the principle of “sincerity” of the ballot was not appreciated according to a normative threshold of participation. However, he recalled that in the event of an appeal, it would be up to the administrative judge to assess on a case-by-case basis. “Whether the level of abstention may or may not have affected (…) the fairness of the ballot”.

Without going as far as contentious ground, the contestation of mayors risks being stirred up by a paradox that political scientist Luc Rouban emphasizes. The movement of yellow vests and the large number of citizen lists during this election are indicative of a form of “ reconquest of the local by the citizens “. However, the high abstention linked to the epidemic has reinforced the outgoing bonus, which is a classic of the municipal election: “Fear provokes a conservative reflex. As we saw in the first round, 50% of the outgoing mayors LR and 41% of the PS were re-elected. There is therefore a risk of tension between this return of the notables and this request for citizen expression. “

A reappropriation of the town by the inhabitants

To bridge the gap which tends to widen between the political institutions and the inhabitants, much has been attempted in recent years in terms of consultations or even participatory budgets. But for Luc Rouban, the impact of these tools, which are often a gadget, is marginal. However, he insisted on a new act of decentralization which would simplify the administrative yoke.

Rémy Le Saout also observes the emergence of new forms of mobilization on the fringes of traditional forms of politics. “Mayors who dedicate themselves to their city often feel sorry for saying that people no longer want to get involved. But it is futile to want to change them. The challenge today, to reweave the social bond, would be to really listen to people. Otherwise it gives anger like at the time of the yellow vests. ” Other forms of commitment are invented, which advocate a re-appropriation of the commune by the inhabitants, as we see by multiple initiatives such as shared gardens. Elected officials to know how to support these new sociabilities.

Luc Rouban insists for his part on what the epidemic episode but also the environmental crisis cause. “The urban productivist model has taken a hit. I believe that the time of entrepreneurs mayors, that of builders of industrial zones, is over, The mayor of tomorrow will be that of good living ”, predicts the political scientist.

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