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Gérault Verny, candidate (RN-LR) for deputy, on the Trets market (Bouches-du-Rhône), July 3, 2024.

“Come on, I'll let you talk among yourselves.” With a smile on his lips, Gérault Verny, the candidate of the National Rally (RN)-The Republicans (LR) union within the 14e constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône, walks away at a leisurely tempo. After greeting them, he leaves there, proper in the midst of the Trets market, the activists of his final two opponents, who’ve been exchanging barbs for a couple of minutes. And goes again to peacefully distributing his career of religion to passers-by.

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This Wednesday, July 3, 4 days earlier than the second spherical of the legislative elections on Sunday, July 7, the groups of the three candidates nonetheless within the operating converged on this small city twenty-five kilometers from Aix-en-Provence. Clean and shaded streets, full terraces and a village ambiance on the foot of the majestic Sainte-Victoire mountain. This morning, on the Trets market, the topic of stress will not be the historic rating of the RN-LR candidate, who obtained 31.7% of the votes within the first spherical. But relatively the upkeep of the outgoing deputy (Renaissance), Anne-Laurence Petel, who got here third with 28.9% of the votes and was overwhelmed, on Sunday, June 30, by the socialist Jean-David Ciot (29.5%), invested by the New Popular Front (NFP).

The day earlier than, the Macronist elected official filed her candidacy for the second spherical on the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture. And opened the best way to a three-way race, the one one within the division, which may supply an surprising victory to the union of the intense proper on this Aix area traditionally immune to the RN. The left, which believes that Gabriel Attal has drawn a transparent line of withdrawals for the Ensemble candidates who got here third, is crying scandal. An on-line petition has collected greater than 10,000 signatures in forty-eight hours. And a gaggle of voters has referred to as for an illustration in entrance of Aix city corridor that very same night. A gathering that can deliver collectively practically 400 folks.

Josy Pignatel, substitute for Anne-Laurence Petel, candidate (Renaissance) for deputy, on the Trets market (Bouches-du-Rhône), July 3, 2024.

Anger can be obvious on the Trets market. “You will have defeat and dishonor”, shouts an NFP activist as Josy Pignatel, Anne-Laurence Petel's substitute, passes by. Between two stands of tomatoes from Provence, this retired civil servant arms out her leaflets. This Aix resident, who claims to defend “a republican alternative to the populist programs of both extremes”will not be feeling excellent. She takes a extreme blow from the shoulder from a younger “rebel”. “This is the violence of the far left”, she is indignant.

Noëlle Ciccolini-Jouffret, a determine of the Aix left and deputy of Jean-David Ciot, is making an attempt to deliver her troops again into line: “We mustn't get the campaign wrong. We have three days to fight the FN [Front national, ex-RN]. » A few steps further on, the RN-LR candidate, Gérault Verny, in a blue suit over an open white shirt, plays the detachment card: “The upkeep of Mme Petel is particularly excellent news for his voters. They could have the selection to specific themselves within the second spherical, with out these occasion tips that they don’t perceive.

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