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Shaken by the Nupes in the first round of the legislative elections on Sunday, the macronie struggled to define a clear vote record in the event of a duel between the Nupes and the National Rally. After denouncing the two extremes, government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire called not to vote for the RN in the 58 constituencies concerned.
She finally made up her mind. In the aftermath of the first round of legislative elections where the breakthrough of the Nupes now places it neck and neck with the presidential majority, Together! called to block the National Rally in the 58 duels between the left-wing coalition and the far right.
“In these specific cases, RN-Nupes, let’s be very clear: not a single voice for the National Rally. We have never lacked clarity on this subject (…), not a voice for a project closure, for a project that we do not consider good for the country”, insisted Monday morning on RTL the spokesperson of the government Olivia Grégoire, who had however kicked in touch Sunday.
“Do we therefore call for support for the few candidates who have anti-republican positions, the few candidates who have as substitutes people who have been convicted of stoned the police? No”, she said. “So when we say ‘case by case’, it’s actually on very few cases – it can be counted on less than one hand – we will actually rely on the will of the citizens”, added Olivia Grégoire.
This development comes after several hours of confusion within the majority. “It is the Republican Front, against the extremes”, first explained the presidential party, arguing that “some Nupes candidates are extreme: it will be according to the personality of the Nupes who is qualified, in particular if he is someone who has the values of the Republic”. “But we do not support any RN candidate,” added LREM.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stopped giving any voting instructions in her speech, denouncing an “unprecedented confusion between the extremes”.
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Budget Minister Gabriel Attal agreed. “We have to wait to see the scenarios that will arise or not (…) We have always been very clear about our opposition to extremes and in particular to the National Rally. We will see the local situations that arise, what are the candidates who are in place and there will be positions that will be taken”, said for his part on TF1 the Minister of the Budget, Gabriel Attal.
Positions that have not been unanimous in the ranks of the majority party. Thus, many of its candidates and members have decided to make their voices heard.
Maud Bregeon, the spokeswoman for Renaissance, called on BFMTV “to beat the National Rally everywhere”. Same story for the Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, who was invited, in a personal capacity, to vote for the candidates of the Nupes in the event of a duel in the second round with candidates from the RN.
Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, also spoke on this subject in a personal capacity, at the microphone of RTL: “My position as a person has always been to protect the Republican front.”
The scandalized left
The absence of a call to block the far right of LREM has provoked ire on the left. “Environmentalists have mobilized massively to defeat Le Pen in the presidential election. Hearing Olivia Grégoire and Gabriel Attal refuse to give an indication of vote in the event of a duel #Nupes #RN is absolutely scandalous!”, tweeted the ex-candidate presidential ecologist Yannick Jadot.
The first secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure, judged “scandalous” the intervention of Élisabteh Borne, “when she now seeks to explain that there would be two extremes against which we would have to fight (…). Frankly that sent a lot of panic,” he said on France 2.
“I hear that Elisabeth Borne would refuse to call for a republican barrage against the far right. When I called for a barrage in the second round of the presidential election, I did so with clarity. It’s up to you to have honor to do the same”, tweeted the communist Fabien Roussel, candidate for re-election in the 20e northern constituency.
Against the extreme right, we always support candidates who respect republican values.
This is your case @Fabien_Roussel.
Our line: never give a voice to the extreme right. https://t.co/KowOW1lvW3
— Elisabeth BORNE (@Elisabeth_Borne) June 12, 2022
This start of controversy prompted the Prime Minister to review her copy in the evening. “Faced with the far right, we always support candidates who respect republican values,” tweeted Elisabeth Borne. “Our line: never give a voice to the far right”.