In Haute-Garonne, the “republican barrier” in opposition to the RN appears apparent on the left, harder on the appropriate | EUROtoday

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The streets of Villeneuve-Tolosane (Haute-Garonne) are desperately empty on this Wednesday afternoon, July 3. With their shutters down, the clear homes appear utterly asleep. The similar goes for the small buildings a bit additional away. Tired of combating in entrance of the doorways that stay closed, the militant troops of Christophe Bex, the outgoing La France Insoumise (LFI) MP, who obtained 33.2% within the first spherical, slip their leaflets into the mailboxes. When lastly, a gate opens in entrance of an intrigued and talkative pensioner. “Macron has fucked things up! Now we're in trouble with the RN [Rassemblement national]“We want to seek out ourselves with honest individuals to get by way of this.”launches France.

The octogenarian says she came to settle here after retiring from antiques and that she no longer understands this country where “There is not any extra respect”Suddenly, she cries out: “But clarify to me, what aspect are you on? Mélenchon? I don't like him, he's impolite and stuffed with himself. Can't you fireplace him?” The elected official does not lose his smile as he explains that the New Popular Front (NFP) is diverse, that the former presidential candidate is not running and that he is a grassroots MP. France promises to read his prospectus and wishes him good luck.

Christophe Bex, outgoing La France Insoumise MP and candidate for the New Popular Front, is preparing a door-to-door session with his team in the 7th constituency of Haute-Garonne, in Villeneuve-Tolosane, on July 3, 2024. Christophe Bex, outgoing La France Insoumise MP and candidate for the New Popular Front, is preparing a door-to-door session with his team in the 7th constituency of Haute-Garonne, in Villeneuve-Tolosane, on July 3, 2024.

The “insurgent” sighs: “Mélenchon is totally discredited in these very socialist rural areas. It's a heavy burden to bear…” Throughout the stroll through several towns on the southern outskirts of Toulouse, the thought comes up regularly. Elisabeth Toutut-Picard (Renaissance), Ensemble candidate, who came in third place (with 24.8% of the vote) withdrew on Sunday evening, prompting voters “to vote in response to their conscience” and asking them to “give priority to the choice most likely to protect republican and European values”Opposite, the Les Républicains-RN candidate, Gaëtan Inard, a close friend of Eric Ciotti, reached new heights with 40.4% of the vote, almost double the score in 2022.

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The transfer of votes does not appear obvious after the vagueness of the national instructions from the presidential camp and a very aggressive campaign against the NFP. “I’m nervous as a result of we all know how the massive waves work, which encourage individuals to comply with with out watching the packages.”notes Agnès Benoit-Lutman, first deputy to the socialist mayor of Villeneuve-Tolosane.

This small town of 9,000 inhabitants has become a dormitory town, with dying businesses and non-existent transport. Here, 20 kilometres from the Pink City, you feel far from everything. “We stay fairly properly in these cities, however individuals don't need what they see on tv to come back to their properties.”notes Christophe Bex. The debate is now happening in a local weather of worry, the activists notice. An entire host of misunderstandings, frustrations and anger appear to have been launched by a choice to dissolve the union that isn’t understood.

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