Between the Olympic Games and legislative elections, within the Meuse, a torch relay caught up within the political context | EUROtoday

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There are two issues that the Meuse division couldn’t have foreseen within the two years since its groups have been working for the passage of the Olympic flame by the territory: the violent storm that threatens and the dissolution of the National Assembly, which positioned their relay proper on the eve of the primary spherical of the early legislative elections.

In the departmental council automobile accountable for bringing the president, Jérôme Dumont, and his vice-president for youth and sports activities, Isabelle Périn, to a number of of the seven Meuse websites the place the flame handed on Saturday June 29, “everything is happening fast”. We are monitoring the agricultural climate forecast – probably the most exact – and messages from the prefect: the storm ought to hit the division on the finish of the day, positioned on orange alert.

“Do you know that I am a candidate? “, suddenly says Jérôme Dumont in the vehicle heading towards the first stage, Gondrecourt-le-Château, in the very south of the department. The president of the departmental council has entered the legislative race with the various right-wing label, facing the outgoing deputy of the National Rally, Florence Goulet.

Candidate, “well, not today!” »provides Mr. Dumont. To keep away from mixing his two hats and being accused of utilizing his place for the subsequent day's election, the president stepped again this Saturday. His presence, deliberate for a very long time, can’t be equated with marketing campaign time: he can be in all of the official images. On the opposite hand, he isn’t allowed to say a phrase. “I'm right here however it's like Bernardo from Zorro, I'm mute!”.

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So it is its vice-presidents who say a few words for the department, briefly and always at the end of the stage, at the request of the Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Cojop), so that the flame can quickly set off for the next stage.

The begin was given in Gondrecourt-le-Château at 8:30 a.m. underneath vivid sunshine, in entrance of a giant and fervent household viewers. The prefecture introduced 800 folks – “It depends if you count the police!” » underlines a spectator, impressed by the handfuls of CRS and police vans which descended on the village of 1,000 inhabitants, situated, it’s true, near the delicate web site of Bure. “The device was large and perhaps dissuasive”stated Prefect Xavier Delarue after a day “without notable incident”. In complete, greater than 25,000 folks got here to see the flame on Saturday, in line with prefecture counts.

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