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Former LR MP for Reunion Island David Lorion, at the National Assembly, in Paris, in 2018.

A rating of 5% within the division with François-Xavier Bellamy's record throughout the European elections of June 9; an actual casting downside with solely two Les Républicains (LR) candidates for seven constituencies, throughout the legislative elections. The query deserves to be brutally requested: is there nonetheless a proper in Reunion, it which had emerged so sturdy domestically from François Hollande's five-year time period?

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Mayor of Saint-Pierre, the “southern capital” of the island, the boss of the native LR, Michel Fontaine, admits that his camp has “taken a hit”. Even extra with “the betrayal of Eric Ciotti”, who joined the National Rally (RN), whereas “our party has always fought against extremes and for the humanist values ​​held by General de Gaulle.” “Many of our activists took it very badly”describes the one his detractors painting as “a kingmaker”.

“His” candidate in Saint-Pierre, David Lorion, symbolically handed in his social gathering card however presents himself as a consultant of this departmentalist proper wing of Reunion, inherited from Michel Debré's struggle towards the Reunion Communist Party and its autonomist tendencies. The different LR candidate is a returnee from native politics, René-Paul Victoria, 69 years previous, and former mayor of Saint-Denis (from 2001 to 2008), ex-deputy, and for a time excluded from the LR for having put collectively a dissident record throughout the 2015 regional elections.

“The right is no longer united”

In the opposite constituencies, no main personalities are coming ahead, aside from candidates operating beneath the “miscellaneous right” label. In the west of the island, in Saint-Paul, elected officers from the municipal opposition even publicly requested the president of the departmental council, Cyrille Melchior (varied proper), to have interaction within the battle for this constituency during which he was elected. Mr. Melchior, supporter of Emmanuel Macron's governments, politely declined, saying he was concentrating on his position. Others additionally most well-liked to move. Because these early legislative elections influence the calendar of sure elected officers already targeted on the municipal elections of 2026, and even the regional elections of 2028. Two elections thought-about main on the island.

But the evil appears deeper. Under situation of anonymity, an elected official speaks of “messiness” and of “satellization”. “There are individuals who hate one another and not communicate to one another. The proper not unites. And is simply too quiet »he observes. The everlasting south-north rivalries and the interior quarrels between Michel Fontaine and Didier Robert (varied proper), former president of the regional council who introduced his retirement from public life on the finish of 2021 following a felony conviction, have left deep scars. The final senatorial elections too. The union was achieved with forceps and however resulted within the election of Viviane Malet (LR) and Stéphane Fouassin. The latter then joined the Macronist camp, creating extra unease.

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