A green wave sweeps across major cities. Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Strasbourg, Besançon, Strasbourg, Tours … Environmentalists came for the first time in the lead in many prominent town halls, Sunday, after the second round of municipal and inter-municipal elections.
The socialists keep Paris and Lille, the right remains the majority in Nice, Toulouse and Limoges, the Prime Minister wins in Le Havre, the RN wins Perpignan … Find out the results in the “hot spots” of the territory, at the end an election marked by the coronavirus epidemic and record abstention. No less than 16.5 million voters were called to the polls, in 4,820 communes – the poll was postponed in Guyana.
● 60% abstention, a record
The coronavirus epidemic will have disrupted the democratic process to the end. Some 60% of the voters affected by a second round did not go to the polls, according to estimates. A first, all municipal elections combined, while the mayor remains the preferred elected representative of the French. This Sunday’s abstention exceeds that of the first round (55.34%) of March 15, and that of the second round of 2014, when 37.87% of the electorate abstained – a record, already, at the ‘time.
● Paris: Hidalgo (PS) re-elected against Dati
At the head of the capital since 2001, the left retains Paris. The outgoing PS mayor, allied with the EELV environmentalists, comes out on top at the city level, where the ballot is held at the level of each arrondissement. Support lists (PS-EELV-PCF) Anne Hidalgo garner 47.9% of the votes, ahead of those of Rachida Dati (LR, 35.3%) and Agnes Buzyn (LREM, 14.5%), according to estimates. Then follow the candidacies of Danielle Simonnet (LFI, 1.2%), Cédric Villani (LREM dissident, 0.9%) and other lists (0.2%).
● Marseille: relative victory for the left
Governed by Jean-Claude Gaudin (LR) for twenty-five years, Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) has hoisted the left in the lead across the city. Ecologist lists Michèle Rubirola (PS, PCF, EELV, LFI) largely prevail (38.6%) according to estimates, far ahead of those of Martine Vassal (LR, 30.3%), president of the metropolis Aix-Marseille and the department of Bouches -du-Rhône, defeat in its sector.
Then follow the candidacies of Stéphane Ravier (RN, 20.4%), Bruno Gilles (ex-LR, 6.3%), Samia Ghali (various left, 2.8%) and Yvon Berland (LREM, 1.6%) . In terms of number of seats, neither the left union nor LR have enough municipal councilors to elect the future mayor alone. “I have not lost”, “there is no majority in Marseille”, defended the leader of the right in the evening. Victory is «relative» more “The right is no longer able to govern”, Michèle Rubirola replied.
● Lyon: the Greens delight the town hall and the metropolis
Thunderbolt in Lyon. After 20 years of Gérard Collomb’s reign, Lyon (Rhône) has largely chosen Grégory Doucet (EELV, 52%) to succeed the former Minister of the Interior, according to estimates. A victory “historical”, insisted the environmental leader. Follow the lists of support for Yann Cucherat (LREM, 30.5%), supported by the outgoing mayor, and those pro-Georges Képénékian (LREM dissident, 17.5%).
At the end of the other ballot, for the hyper-powerful metropolitan area of Lyon, the Greens also led the way around Bruno Bernard, who claimed victory. Behind are the lists of François-Noël Buffet (LR) and outgoing president David Kimelfeld (dissident LREM). After an agreement with the right, the former minister Gérard Collomb had withdrawn in between the two towers.
● Bordeaux: Hurmic (EELV) dethrones the right in its stronghold
It is a political earthquake. Accustomed to choosing a right mayor from the first round since the Liberation, Bordeaux (Gironde) placed the list of Pierre Hurmic (EELV, 46.48%), before that of the outgoing LR mayor Nicolas Florian (44.12%) , successor to Alain Juppé, allied with Walker Thomas Cazenave (LREM). The anti-capitalist Philippe Poutou (far left), ex-presidential candidate, comes third (9.39%).
● Lille: Aubry narrowly re-elected
Led continuously by a socialist mayor for more than sixty years, Lille (Nord) is renewed on the wire Martine Aubry (PS, 40%). Follow his former environmental ally Stéphane Bally (EELV, 39.41%) and the Marcheuse Violette Spillebout (LREM, 20.58%).
● Le Havre: Édouard Philippe winner
He greeted “Net results” and one “Act of trust”. In Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), the list ofEdouard Philippe (58.83%) wins against that of Communist deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq (41.17%). The only prime minister candidate for municipal elections since Alain Juppé in Bordeaux, in 1995, the head of government intends to entrust the chair to the outgoing LR mayor, Jean-Baptiste Gastinne, until his departure from Matignon.
● Perpignan: Aliot gives RN its main victory
In Perpignan (Pyrénées-Orientales), Louis Aliot (53.09%) offered the Rassemblement national (RN) its main victory, against outgoing LR mayor Jean-Marc Pujol (46.91%). The “republican front” formed against the Penist, with the withdrawal of the ecologist Agnès Langevine and the Walker Romain Grau in between the two towers, did not bear fruit. The city of 120,000 inhabitants is the largest municipality conquered by the flame party since Toulon, in 1995.
● Montpellier: Delafosse (PS) succeeds Saurel
Theater of a triangular between three lists on the left, Montpellier (Hérault) placed the list of Michaël Delafosse (PS, 47.23%), ahead of that of the outgoing mayor Philippe Saurel (various left, 34.65%) and the billionaire entrepreneur Mohed Altrad (various, 18.12%).
● Nice: Estrosi (LR) widely re-elected
In Nice (Alpes-Maritimes), fifth city in France, the outgoing LR mayor Christian Estrosi was re-elected for a third term (59.30%). He is way ahead of Philippe Vardon (RN, 21.39%) and the ecologist Jean-Marc Governatori (19.30%).
● Nancy switches to the left with Klein (PS)
After six years in office, the radical Laurent Hénart (45.46%) sees Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) escape him for the benefit of the socialist Mathieu Klein (54.54%). The PS president of the departmental council, which had merged with the ecologist Laurent Watrin (EELV).
● Toulouse: Moudenc (LR) re-elected against the Greens
Mayor LR leaving Toulouse (Haute-Garonne) Jean-Luc Moudenc, supported by LREM, was re-elected (51.98%) for a second term against the environmentalist Antoine Maurice (48.02%).
● Strasbourg won by the Green Jeanne Barseghian
In Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin), around Jeanne Barseghian (EELV, 41.71%), environmentalists succeed the majority of Roland Ries (ex-PS). The list of Walker Alain Fontanel (LREM, 34.96%), allied with LR Jean-Philippe Vetter, arrives behind, followed by the socialist Catherine Trautmann (23.33%), with whom the ecologists had not succeeded in s ‘hear.
● Metz switches from left to right with Grosdidier (LR)
Governed for twelve years by the socialist Dominique Gros, Metz (Moselle) passes from left to right. The senator François Grosdidier (LR, 45.13%) wins out over the environmentalist Xavier Bouvet (EELV, 44.24%) and the lepéniste Françoise Grolet (RN, 10.63%).
● Dijon still in the hands of Rebsamen (PS)
Mayor of Dijon (Côte-d’Or) since 2001, the socialist Fransois Rebsamen (43.52%) should start a fourth term. He beat the list (LR) of Emmanuel Bichot (34.85%) and the environmentalists gathered around Stéphanie Modde (EELV, 21.63%), who had made a common list with the outgoing mayor in 2014.
● Besançon: victory of the Green Anne Vignot
In Besançon (Doubs), the Verte Anne Vignot (43.84%) wins against Ludovic Fagaut (LR, 41.61%) and Éric Alauzet (LREM, 14.55%). She should succeed outgoing mayor Jean-Louis Fousseret (LREM, ex-PS) who, at 73, was not seeking a fourth term.
● Poitiers: the Greens beat the PS
Surprise in Poitiers (Vienne), where the list of Léonore Moncond’huy (EELV, 42.83%) is ahead of that of outgoing mayor Alain Claeys (PS, 35.60%) and that of macronist Anthony Brottier (LREM, 21.56%). The candidate puts an end to 43 years of social-communist management of the Poitevin capital.
● Tours: Denis (EELV) defeats the outgoing Bouchet (Radical movement)
Environmentalists tip Tours (Indre-et-Loire). The list ofEmmanuel Denis (EELV, 54.94%) is ahead of that of the outgoing mayor Christophe Bouchet (Radical movement, 45.06%), supported by LR and the UDI, and allied with LREM in the in-between turns.
● Pau: François Bayrou (MoDem) renewed
The president of MoDem François Bayrou should remain mayor of Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), where his list came first (55.47%) compared to that of the socialist Jérôme Marbot (44.53%), resulting from a merger with the ecologists of EELV and the rebellious.
● Clermont-Ferrand remains on the left
In Clermont-Ferrand (Puy-de-Dôme), the socialist Olivier Blanchi (48.42%) retains the town hall. He comes before the list (LR-MoDem) of Jean-Pierre Brenas (36.50%), the fruit of an agreement with the Walker Éric Faidy (LREM). The Insubmissive Marienne Maximi comes third (15.08%).
● Bastia: Savelli (autonomist) remains at the head of the town hall
The nationalists remain at the head of Bastia (Haute-Corse). Supported by EELV and the PS, the list of outgoing (autonomist) mayor, Pierre Savelli, in which the president of the Executive Council of Corsica, Gilles Simeoni, came in first (49.37%). It is followed by the lists (various left) of Jean-Sébastien de Casalta (39.73%) and Julien Morganti (10.90%).
● Biarritz: the right succeeds the MoDem
In Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), the MoDem Michel Veunac leaves the town hall to Maider Arosteguy (LR, 50.22%), the list of which comes first at the end of a quadrangular.
● Arles: Patrick de Carolis (various centers) brings down the Communists
In the hands of the Communists since 2001, Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) was won by the list (various centers, 57.22%) of Patrick de Carolis, former president and CEO of France Télévisions, opposite Nicolas Koukas (Left Union, 42.78%).