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” VS“Hurrah!” A voter for La France Insoumise, the son of business leader Philippe Grard has been sending gently mocking messages to his Giscardian father for the past few days: “I hope it gained't harm your coronary heart an excessive amount of to should put in a Popular Front envelope in any case these years of contempt.” The boss of an industrial SME, Philippe Grard lives in Mauguio, a town of 16,500 inhabitants in Hérault, near Montpellier.

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The sixty-year-old, who has at all times voted, in each election, and at all times for a candidate, considers himself a “centre-right voter”. But this time, he’s going to make a gesture that he by no means thought he would make at some point: vote left. And this time, actually very left: for a candidate from La France insoumise. The one and solely answer, on his scale, to take part within the “republican front” and “block the National Rally”.

In the 9e constituency of Hérault, which extends from the suburbs of Montpellier to Lunel and La Grande-Motte, three candidates certified for the second spherical: Charles Alloncle, 30 years outdated, former president of Jeunes avec Sarkozy, LR tendency Ciotti parachuted from Paris to symbolize the RN, Nadia Belaouni, 46 years outdated, former union delegate, head of a craft enterprise, and activist of La France insoumise. And the outgoing deputy Patrick Vignal, 66 years outdated, socialist deputy, then macronist, of the constituency, since 2012.

Coming third with 25% of the vote, Vignal withdrew, asking within the native version to Free Midi, that “not one” of his 14,918 votes “would go to the National Rally”. Without explicitly calling for a vote for the rebellious candidate, whom he had overwhelmed within the second spherical in 2022. “If I had said “I name for a vote for Belaouni”, I would have strengthened the RN”, the outgoing president assures us.

“The same pain as the people on the left when they voted for Chirac”

Since his withdrawal, messages from “orphaned” and “disoriented” voters have been piling up in his inbox. “Who should I vote for on Sunday? We're lost,” warns one physician. “On Sunday, I'm voting blank,” declares one other. “Don't mess around, stay in the race!” urges a 3rd, for whom “the fight is not over.” “Your real opponent is not the RN, but the Islamic Popular Front, Mélenchon and his gang.” “Sir, I wanted to get in touch with you to thank you for withdrawing,” writes an engineer. “I imagine it's not easy for you. Just as it won't be easy for me, to put it mildly, to vote LFI, or rather against the RN on Sunday.”

Business chief Philippe Grard additionally wrote a little bit be aware to Patrick Vignal, for whom he voted within the first spherical: “I told him that I was going to vote for La France Insoumise, while holding my nose.” “I made my choice recently, but it's painful,” confided the chief. For him, “fundamentally, LFI is as anti-democratic as the National Rally,” and “Mélenchon's person can lead to conflicts.” But the far proper, now on the brink of energy, can be much more harmful in his eyes.

“Convinced” that “France must remain in an Atlantic alliance”, he fears that the RN “will throw us into the arms of the Chinese after those of the Russians”. Married to a Franco-Moroccan, he additionally fears an increase in racism. But “does not believe” that the RN will have the ability to implement its financial program: “The stock market will fall, and they will be caught up by reality, like the left and the austerity turn in 1983.”

Slipping the LFI poll into the envelope will harm him. “But this pain is the first time that people on the right have felt it. People on the left have been experiencing it for years. When they voted for Chirac, they too had to hold their noses to go and vote.”

“I hate the LFI candidate, but I will vote for her”

“I loathe the LFI candidate,” assures Julie Pronost, a Lunelloise who was, for 2 phrases, deputy for tourism to the LR mayor of La Grande-Motte. “She doesn't correspond at all to the idea I have of politics. I don't like radical positions that play on the emotional register.” But this 50-year-old administrative assistant, who voted for Patrick Vignal and defines herself as “a left-wing Macronist”, will nonetheless vote for Jean-Luc Mélenchon's social gathering.

She admits to “having asked herself the question of a blank vote”. But she doesn’t need the RN in any case: “I do not at all adhere to their ideas, the catastrophes they predict for us and their deadly theories. I am extremely worried about our individual and collective freedoms. There is already an ambient racism in France, I fear that it will express itself even more freely.” She would have most popular “to be able to vote for a socialist candidate”, however too dangerous: she is going to vote for LFI.

Alain, for his half, will do nothing. “I will carry out my civic act as I have always done,” this retiree, a voter for Emmanuel Macron and Patrick Vignal, informed us, whom we met on Thursday morning on the Lunel market. “I will vote, but neither for one nor the other. I have always voted for someone. This is the first time that I will not take a position.” Blocking the RN? “That will not solve the problem. What will they do after that? They will not succeed. It will be chaos, as General de Gaulle used to say.”

“I will vote blank or for the RN. We have never tried”

“When I see Mélenchon showing up with a Palestinian activist in a keffiyeh, and when I hear that he wants to disarm the police, there is no question of me voting for LFI,” asserts a mustachioed retiree, “35 years in the national police force,” who doesn’t wish to give us his first title. He didn’t perceive that the outgoing Macronist MP “is rallying to the LFI candidate”: “I will not follow him.” So he’ll vote RN “for the first time.”

“As my grandfather used to say, the red flag is no better than the far right,” philosophizes a market dealer, who has “always voted right.” The man, who looks like he's “living worse than he did ten years ago,” would love “things to change in France.” He will vote “either blank, or for the RN. We've never tried.” But he isn’t in opposition to a authorities “that would take good ideas from the right and the left.”

A bit of additional on, the 2 candidates are strolling across the market, leaflets in hand, surrounded by their militant troops. “I have no doubt that Patrick Vignal's voters will feel much closer to our approach to national unity, rather than that of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France insoumise, and its outrageous and unrealistic program,” says Ciotti and Bardella's candidate, Charles Alloncle.

At his aspect, to help him, one of many 4 numerous right-wing candidates within the first spherical, Anthony Belin (3.43%). “LFI voters did not hesitate for a single second on several occasions when it was necessary to block the National Front,” pleads the Insoumise candidate Nadia Belaouni, who’s operating as a “candidate of the New Popular Front” and is posing as a bulwark in opposition to an RN that “proposes the great dismantling of our social model and our institutions.” We will know on Sunday whether or not she managed to persuade a good portion of Patrick Vignal's 14,918 voters. And the 29,271 abstainers within the first spherical.