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They got here urgently, Tuesday June 11, and the small Raoul-Dufy room, within the heart of Martigues, was overflowing. Pierre Dharréville, communist deputy of 13e Bouches-du-Rhône constituency and municipal councilor, launched his marketing campaign there. Less than 48 hours after the dissolution bombshell. The mayor of the town, Gaby Charroux (French Communist Party, PCF), these of the neighboring municipalities of Fos-sur-Mer (numerous left) and Port-de-Bouc (PCF) and the charismatic chief of the departmental CGT, Olivier Mateu , additionally made the journey, liberating up their schedules, like almost 300 sympathizers. “This is not the time to ask questions about the dissolution or the result of the European elections in the circo. I've taken note, I'm going to coal”summarizes the 49-year-old parliamentarian, elected to the sector since 2017.

The outgoing communist deputy, Pierre Dharréville knows he is threatened by the RN vote, despite the support he enjoys.  He visits neighborhood parties to call on residents to vote.   At the Canto-Perdrix city, in Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhône), June 14, 2024. The outgoing communist deputy, Pierre Dharréville knows he is threatened by the RN vote, despite the support he enjoys.  He visits neighborhood parties to call on residents to vote.   At the Canto-Perdrix city, in Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhône), June 14, 2024.

If he finds on his route the same National Rally (RN) candidate as in 2022 – Emmanuel Fouquart, former gendarme converted to insurance – the circumstances appear less favorable than two years ago for the outgoing party. In the European elections, the RN came well ahead in the six municipalities of this popular constituency, cut to almost perfectly match the contours of the industrial and port zones between Etang de Berre and the Mediterranean.

Apart from a Union for French Democracy parenthesis between 1993 and 1997, cut short – a wink from history – by the dissolution desired by Jacques Chirac, we have only known communist deputies here. But this time, the red bastion can clearly experience the same fate as its two neighboring constituencies, which fell into the hands of the RN in 2022.

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“This is not the first time that the FN [Front national, devenu RN] made important scores, but the territory still remained communist », tries to put Pierre Graffeo, 67, into perspective. Founder and then director of the Le Sémaphore theater in Port-de-Bouc for three decades, the now retired man was involved in all the local battles against the Lepéniste party, which he always refers to by its historic name. On June 11, he rushed to Martigues to support the outgoing deputy. He found many of his old fighting companions there. Five days later, straw hat, salmon shirt, badge of a jazz festival he organized on the lapel of his jacket, he digests the shock and wants to believe that the 20 points behind the left-wing lists the previous Sunday were not are not insurmountable: “We have to move. In a national election, things will happen differently. There is a dynamic and enthusiasm with the program of the New Popular Front”he will get carried away, rediscovering the accent of his Tunisian youth.

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