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Benoit Payan, Mayor of Marseille, in the Pont-de-Vivaux-Saccoman school during the vote in the second round of the legislative elections, in Marseille, Sunday July 7, 2024

“Was I not clear enough?” A couple of minutes after his look on the Franceinfo morning present on Tuesday, July 9, Benoît Payan performed the shock. Asked on air whether or not he was a candidate for the publish of Prime Minister, the mayor (numerous left) of Marseille launched into a kind of lyrical responses that he has a style for: “I am the mayor of the most beautiful city in France and it is the only one that counts. Repairing my city is the most beautiful mission.”
Benoît Payan assures us: it was vital to grasp that he denies any private curiosity in Matignon. His sudden omnipresence within the nationwide media nonetheless leaves doubts about his actual ambitions. A column in Release on the eve of the second spherical of legislative elections, a prolonged interview in The Express revealed on Sunday July 7, appearances on LCI and BFM-TV after Francinfo, Tuesday July 9… Never has the mayor of Marseille given his opinion a lot on the problems dealing with the nation.

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Elected in December 2020 to exchange environmentalist Michèle Rubirola, the mayor of France's second metropolis had saved his distance from the battles of 2022, whether or not the presidential or legislative elections. This time, the previous member of the Socialist Party, 46, who prides himself on not responding “to no partisan logic”stays on the coronary heart of the fray. As quickly because the dissolution of the National Assembly was introduced on June 9, he rallied to Paris to take part within the negotiations that gave delivery to the New Popular Front. And he threw his weight behind the investitures for the legislative elections regarding his metropolis and the Bouches-du-Rhône.

On Monday July 8, the day after the second spherical, he additionally took the practice to the capital, taking part on the finish of the day, like different main native elected officers, within the nationwide workplace of his former social gathering. “My role is to ensure that the New Popular Front presents a prime minister and a government in the coming days to the President of the Republic and that the latter endorses it.”he says. Before including, concentrating on the Macron camp and the suitable: “I see that those who lost the election are trying to form an alliance to take power. This needs to be clarified.”

Need for institutional reform

Just a few parts can gasoline the speculation of seeing Benoît Payan apply for Matignon. The good relations he has constructed with Emmanuel Macron since spring 2021 across the launch of the “Marseille en grand” plan. But additionally his proximity to Gabriel Attal. A major minister he labored alongside on the Ministry of Health when the latter was in Marisol Touraine's workplace and, he, within the service of Secretary of State Marie-Arlette Carlotti. He may convey to bear the expertise of the Marseille Spring, which, with out the “insoumis”, has been piloting Marseille since 2020 and units an instance of a broad left-wing coalition, mixing socialists, communists, environmentalists and residents' actions, amongst others.

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