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This Thursday, June 20 in Marolles, a Beauceron village of 740 inhabitants, a discreet poster on the wall of the city corridor declares the occasion: the candidate of the bulk, already elected on this constituency in 2017 and 2022, and present minister of agriculture Marc Fesneau organizes a “citizen permanence”as in a number of different villages that day. In the Marolles municipal council room, solely two voters made the journey.

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An worker of the development federation needs to clarify how small and medium-sized companies are now not in a position to rent. She would really like the candidate, or present minister, to make the career extra engaging. “I’m glad we’re not just talking about agriculture. I'm not a monomaniac.”, reacts Marc Fesneau. Then, it was the turn of the former mayor of the neighboring village to speak: he was worried about the future of an old fertilizer storage site classified as Seveso. He also brought Armen, a young Albanian, an apprentice craftsman whom he describes as exemplary and whose regularization he would like to speed up.

The alternate candidate and outgoing MP, Mathilde Desjonquères, takes notes. Mr. Fesneau promises to support his case with the prefect. “The French are finding it increasingly difficult to dialogue with the public administration. There also needs to be simplification”, he concludes.

“We got things”

Former employee of the Loir-et-Cher Chamber of Agriculture, former mayor of the rural commune of Marchenoir and president of the Beauce-Val de Loire community of communes, Marc Fesneau was elected in 2017 as MoDem deputy of 1D constituency of Loir-et-Cher. Appointed to the government in 2018, first as minister responsible for relations with Parliament then as minister of agriculture from 2022, he therefore very quickly entrusted his responsibilities as deputy to his deputy. Which has often served as a transmission belt between the population – rural in particular – and the government.

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“During all the agricultural demonstrations, when we were gathered in Blois in front of the gates of the prefecture, Mme Desjonquères was the first to get in touch with us to find out exactly what we wanted”remembers Nicolas Léger, Label Rouge chicken breeder in Saint-Léonard-en-Beauce and head of the agricultural union Jeunes Agriculteurs 41 until recent weeks.

“In the top, we achieved issues by working carefully with the Ministry of Agriculture. Our worry is that with one other majority within the Assembly, every little thing might be renegotiated… It is straightforward to launch an elected official, however whether it is to seek out your self tomorrow with a divisive authorities which can defend a kind of agriculture reasonably than one other, we don't care. » The prospect of a National Rally (RN) in energy hardly enchants him. The close by Solognots have been experiencing this since 2022. “My Young Farmer colleagues have solely met their RN deputy twice. Locally, Roger Chudeau shouldn’t be listening to anybody. »

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