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François Hollande (New Popular Front), with his rivals Francis Dubois (The Republicans), and Maïtey Pouget (National Rally), at the second-round debate on the France 3 Nouvelle-Aquitaine set, in Limoges, Wednesday July 3, 2024.

From Meymac to Vigeois, from Bugeat to Sainte-Féréole, the voters questioned within the 1D Corrèze constituency are racking their brains. In useless. Maïtey Pouget? ” Never seen “they reply, tirelessly. Campaigning was clearly not essential for this 69-year-old retiree who doesn’t stay within the constituency she is operating for (30.9% within the first spherical), however within the one subsequent door, in Brive-la-Gaillarde. No occupation of religion on her leaflets, however a photograph and a brief textual content by Jordan Bardella, “as if he was going to become a member of parliament here”says former president and candidate François Hollande (37.6%) with a sigh.

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There “ghost candidate”because the outgoing MP (Les Républicains, LR), Francis Dubois, who got here third within the first spherical, calls her, has no social networks or marketing campaign crew, she is solely supported by Valéry Elophe, candidate of the National Rally (RN) – in any other case seasoned – of the twoe constituency of Corrèze, who involves his help when essential.

Before the televised debate of the primary spherical in opposition to Mr. Hollande and Mr. Dubois, Mr.me Pouget referred to as in sick – Mr. Elophe changed her. The latter wrote ready-made solutions for her to learn through the debate between the 2 rounds, which largely highlighted the restrictions of this candidate who, through the marketing campaign, made herself identified by explaining that the cities of Corrèze had been starting to be “invaded” by immigrants.

Desertion of the plateaus

If the RN marked the inter-round of those early legislative elections with its dozens of racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, xenophobic candidates, former members of violent nationalist organizations or these convicted by the courts, the far-right social gathering additionally distinguished itself, conversely, by the anonymity of a number of dozen different of its representatives. Aspiring deputies generally bodily absent from their very own posters, fleeing the slightest publicity or public expression.

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The end result of this avoidance: an unprecedented variety of far-right candidates have this 12 months brushed apart invites to debate with their opponents. The radio stations of the France Bleu community needed to take care of the absence of thirty-five candidates from the RN and its ally Ciottiste, in opposition to 5 from one other camp. What was the instruction from Matthieu Mondoloni, information director of the France Bleu community, to his groups within the face of cancellations? Transform the controversy into interviews with the candidates current, to keep away from the “confiscation of democratic debate”. A written document of the refusal is recorded and despatched to the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority, chargeable for verifying the equity of talking time.

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