US News Local elections in France: "Green wave" overwhelms Macron

06:30  29 june  2020
06:30  29 june  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

"In municipal elections, there is always a bonus for the outgoing mayor"

 © AFP If outgoing mayors of several large cities appear in difficulty in the polls conducted for the second round of the municipal elections, political scientist Bruno Cautrès calls be cautious and get rid of the idea of ​​clearing up on a national scale. In a poll published Wednesday, Martine Aubry, the outgoing mayor of Lille, is given 39% of voting intentions just before the ecologist Stéphane Baly (37%) and the walker Violette Spillebout (24%).

France President Emmanuel Macron 's centrist party received a drubbing Sunday in municipal elections , as the Greens ' Green wave '. Exit polls showed the Greens winning in Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux and Strasbourg, building on the momentum created by their strong performance in France

Emmanuel Macron risks falling foul of a “ Green wave ” in France ’s municipal elections runoff on Sunday as ecologists join forces with the Left and Lyon's incumbent mayor and longtime Macron ally Gerard Collomb is facing defeat against a Green candidate in France 's third city Credit: JEFF

Auch die Sozialisten durften mal jubeln: Die Bürgermeisterin von Paris, Anne Hidalgo, behält ihren Job © AP The socialists were also allowed to cheer: The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, kept her job

Fiasco for La République en Marche by President Macron: Greens and allies conquer the Local elections to several major cities in the country. A bright spot is the victory of Premier Philippe in Le Havre.

"Green Wave" rolls over Macron

Greens and their allies have had unprecedented success in the finals of local elections in France. In cities like Lyon, Strasbourg or Besançon, there is a change of power pending, the TV station France 2 reported on Sunday evening. The spokeswoman for Europe Ecology - Les Verts, Eva Sas, spoke of a "green wave". So far, Grenoble is the only large city with a green mayor.

PHOTO Brigitte Macron just out of the hospital, she is already making her first appearance

 PHOTO Brigitte Macron just out of the hospital, she is already making her first appearance © Pool / ABACA PHOTO Brigitte Macron just out of the hospital, she is already making her first appearance The First Lady does not agree only one minute for her. Brigitte Macron is already on an official visit after a retina operation. She gives priority to her functions and does not fall short! Brigitte Macron has a just-in-time agenda and as First Lady of France, it is not surprising. She did not wait before resuming her calendar and continuing her visibly very busy schedule.

But like elsewhere in France , green issues also dominate candidate platforms, powered by voter concerns about climate change, pesticides and A few blocks away, Socialist Party candidate Mathieu Hanotin described how Saint-Denis sweltered in last summer’s heat wave , which he attributed to

Green party EELV reinforced its position as a rising opposition party in France in municipal elections on Sunday. In Paris, mayor Anne Hidalgo came ahead of opponent Rachida Dati. But with record abstention levels and increasing coronavirus restrictions on the population, the feasibility of a second

The run-off elections affected almost 5,000 municipalities, including the largest cities in the country. A good 16 million voters were called - this corresponds to about a third of those eligible to vote. The run-off elections were overshadowed by a historically low turnout of around 40 percent. Several top politicians, including the extreme right populist Marine Le Pen from the Rassemblement National (RN), expressed concern. Only six years ago, the stake was a good 62 percent. The run-off elections were actually scheduled for late March, but had to be postponed due to the corona pandemic. Masks were mandatory in the polling stations.

In Paris, socialist incumbent Anne Hidalgo and her left-wing allies lay far ahead of her conservative challenger Rachida Dati. The capital has a special symbolism in France. Paris is planning the Olympic Games in 2024.

Municipal: environmentalists ready to take a historic step

 Municipal: environmentalists ready to take a historic step © Sipa Environmentalists could conquer one or more large cities in the second round of municipal elections. Emmanuel Macron, who speaks at the Citizens Climate Conference on Monday, must take this green push into account. Another three years ago, they had no presidential candidate, a first since the campaign of René Dumont in 1974.

Emmanuel Macron , France 's president, speaks ahead of the Balkan summit at the Chancellery in Marine Le Pen's euroskeptic National Rally have topped the European election vote in France , early The result is likely to bolster expectations of a so-called " green wave " that could influence EU

The Green wave was not Europe-wide, however. Green parties won only a couple of seats in central Europe and none in eastern Europe, where there are few strong green parties and environmental concerns are usually taken up by other liberal parties.

The central camp of Head of State Emmanuel Macron pocketed a heavy slipper. The presidential party La République en Marche (LREM) failed with its original plan to conquer the capital and to surprise in other cities. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, 49, won the decision in the northern French port city of Le Havre with around 59 percent. "The results are clear in Le Havre," said Philippe.

Just three years ago, the young presidential party had won the majority of seats in the National Assembly. Macron and his wife Brigitte chose Le Touquet in the northern French seaside resort, as TV pictures showed. After the elections, the 42-year-old wants to decide on his political course after the coronavirus pandemic, which hit France hard with around 30,000 deaths.

For weeks there has been speculation as to whether Macron will retain its civil rights prime minister in the expected government reshuffle or not. Philippe made his mark as a crisis manager during the pandemic and, according to surveys, is significantly more popular than the president.

Macron meanwhile focuses on the big politics - on Friday he held a video conference with his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin, on Monday he is expected to visit Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) in the Brandenburg town of Meseberg. The right wing RN held several bastions in the north and south of the country. The well-known RN politician Louis Aliot prevailed, according to France 2, in the runoff election in the city of Perpignan.

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