Elisabeth Borne, campaigning in Calvados, stakes her political survival and units a date for the longer term | EUROtoday

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Élisabeth Borne and her deputy, Freddy Sertin, campaigning on the Evrecy market, in the 6th constituency of Calvados, June 19, 2024.

Electronic cigarette in a single hand, a stack of leaflets within the different, Elisabeth Borne slowly walks, Wednesday June 19, in direction of the market in Evrecy, a peaceable village of two,000 inhabitants in Calvados. “Hello ladies and gentlemen, I have come to see you about the Euros… Uh, the legislative elections. » It's not easy to navigate this electoral calendar turned upside down by the dissolution of the National Assembly.

A retiree questions the former prime minister: “Isn’t that Sunday?” Is it the subsequent one? » Here it’s: June 30 for the primary spherical, July 7 for the second. This time, it’s about selecting the deputy of the 6e constituency of the division, to not ship elected officers to the European Parliament. Elisabeth Borne is a candidate for her personal succession. The date and the problems having been set, the troublesome a part of the dialogue can start.

Why would voters abruptly wish to help the pinnacle of state and his consultant, three weeks after having sanctioned the bulk throughout the European elections?

“I don’t know whose side you’re on…”

Denise Poulard, who nicknames herself “Mother Poulard”, “rather right-wing” and frightened in regards to the surrounding dysfunction, desires to be reassuring: Emmanuel Macron maintains his full help. “I have always voted on the same side. I don’t know which side you’re on…”, she slips to Elisabeth Borne, seeming to not acknowledge this candidate though seen on TV. A younger man, quite the opposite, can see solely too properly the nice silhouette of the girl who adopted the pension reform in 2023, because of the forceps of article 49.3 of the Constitution (which permits texts to be handed with out a vote in Parliament). He rushes in direction of her: “Madam, you have to be ashamed, F.N. [Front national, devenu Rassemblement national – RN] is on the gates of energy due to you! You handed your regulation towards the opinion of 90% of French individuals. » The dialogue is brief.

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The threat of a victory for the National Rally (RN), in actual fact, has by no means been so current on this territory which is split between a conservative bocage, to the south, and the outskirts of Caen, to the north, extra progressive. Jordan Bardella's checklist obtained 34% of the votes within the constituency on June 9. A report on this hitherto average area, which was used to following the swell of nationwide politics by switching from middle left to middle proper, and vice versa.

But the territory additionally shares lots of the ills of rural France. The closure of the maternity ward in Vire, 10,000 inhabitants, in 2013, stays on everybody's minds, and the hospital's emergency departments are struggling to compensate for the dearth of normal practitioners.

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