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François Ruffin is campaigning for the legislative elections in the Espérance estate, in Abbeville (Somme), on June 23, 2024.

It is a communist land, a city corridor held with a agency and beneficiant hand by the Communist Party since 1965. The small village of Flixecourt, 3,200 inhabitants, in the course of the Somme valley, between Amiens and Abbeville, was additionally, for François Ruffin, the outgoing deputy, affiliated with La France insoumise, a chunk of his political capital, patiently ploughed since his first election in 2017. Symbolically, it was within the small streets of the city, among the many crimson brick homes, that the deputy, one of many first promoters of the New Popular Front within the aftermath of the shock of the announcement of the dissolution, had launched his marketing campaign for the legislative elections, to the joyful sound of trumpets and drums. Alas, the autumn was painful on the night of June 30 when the outcomes of the primary constituency of the Somme got here in: the candidate of the National Rally (RN), Nathalie Ribeiro Billet, got here clearly within the lead with 40.7% of the vote forward of François Ruffin with 33.9% and the candidate Ensemble, Albane Branlant (22.7%), who has since withdrawn in her favor.

In Flixecourt, a logo of the big villages of the agricultural working class world, with their false indolence, the shock was even harsher, and the mayor Patrick Gaillard has not utterly recovered. ” It hurts “he mentioned 4 days and 4 nights later. Electoral arithmetic is merciless. In June 2022, François Ruffin had obtained 55.4% of the votes within the commune, or 513 votes, towards 24.8% and 230 votes for his RN competitor. A seemingly stable bastion. On June 30, he solely obtained 34.1% of the votes, or 478 votes, towards 52.3% and 734 votes for the far-right candidate. He misplaced the variety of votes, she tripled her votes, an earthquake on this scale. As in a number of dozen communes within the constituency, the place Nathalie Ribeiro Billet generally exceeded 50%, and even 67% in Domqueur, a village of 300 inhabitants. Through his window on the primary flooring of the city corridor, the mayor exhibits RN posters with giant photos of RN president Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen: “On election day, I saw and heard voters ask: “Where is the Marine ballot?” “A lot of young people came to vote,” the elected officers famous. Many individuals, too, whose voting playing cards had by no means been stamped.

The similar individuals in all probability vote communist in municipal elections – for the final two elections, in 2020 and 2014, that they had no alternative, nonetheless, since just one checklist was introduced. “We hear a lot about immigrants. It's the fear of the unknown. The fear of foreigners that television shows as bad guys. Because for immigrants here, they tell me: oh, but he's not the same.” The city suffered, very brutally, within the Eighties, manufacturing facility closures with the collapse of the French textile trade. A social, financial and demographic drain on a hard-working, agricultural and working-class land, poor and fewer certified. The concern of social decline has remained etched within the collective reminiscence, main those that have little to lose to concern those that are too poor to have something to lose – immigrants. “I saw people who were particularly helped by the community tell me that they wanted to vote RN, the mayor still testifies. They would never have had so much help if the RN was in power and yet they vote for the extreme right.” A breath: ” It hurts. “

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