In Bordeaux, Thomas Cazenave caught in a three-way election with a municipal really feel | EUROtoday

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I went to vote for you on Sunday, even with a broken hand, before going to have an operation. We are a little scared all the same. We need another majority with those who want to work together.” On the steps of a home in Caudéran, a quiet and upscale district of Bordeaux, Thomas Cazenave nods. This Tuesday night, July 2, he’s going door-to-door in his constituency, the 1D of Gironde, the one one within the division the place a candidate from the presidential majority got here out on high within the first spherical.

In 2022, Ensemble nonetheless had six. At the tip of the primary spherical, the National Rally (RN) got here out on high in six of them (in comparison with two in 2022), the New Popular Front in 5 (in comparison with 4 in 2022), out of the twelve within the division. In the earlier election, Thomas Cazenave was elected with 59.1% of the vote towards the environmentalist candidate Catherine Cestari (40.9%), earlier than leaving his mandate as deputy to his substitute, Alexandra Martin, to take up his place as Minister Delegate for Public Accounts in July 2023.

On June 30, he collected virtually as many votes as within the first spherical of 2022 (38.3%, in comparison with 38.2% in 2024). But this time, a brand new equation is obtainable to the Bordeaux residents of this constituency. On July 7, they should select between three candidates, with the arrival within the race of the National Rally aspirant, Bruno Paluteau, who rises to threee place (21% of the votes), towards Céline Papin (The Ecologists) for the New Popular Front.

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“It's not a surprise in a way,” Thomas Cazenave analyzes on the flip of a road within the Caudéran district, deciphering the progress of Jordan Bardella's celebration throughout the complete nationwide territory. But a three-way race on this constituency, he concedes, is unprecedented. With attribute restraint, the outgoing MP questions the continuation of the candidacy of the deputy mayor of Bordeaux. “If the main question was to block the National Rally, the immediate response was to withdraw.”

“A stepping stone for the town hall”

Céline Papin defends a place ” very clear “ : “If I had come in third place, I would have withdrawn without a doubt. Here, in this case, we are second, and there is still a big margin with the RN in third place. There is no risk, in our opinion, of a spectacular progression of the RN which would allow it, during this second round, to win the constituency.” On the topic, Bruno Paluteau is ironic. “The alternative is easy, as Jordan Bardella stated so effectively [lundi 1er juillet] In his letter to the French, Emmanuel Macron is not going to have an absolute majority. It is a poor spectacle to see his lieutenants who strive by all means to kind alliances, withdraw, not withdraw.

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