“Not a single vote” must go to the RN in the 58 duels which will oppose the Lepenist party and the united left Nupes in the second round of the legislative elections, urged government spokeswoman Olivia Grégoire on Monday, even if in “very few case” there will be no voting instructions.
She relativized on RTL the extent of these fifty duels, arguing that it only corresponds to “10% of the overall image” of the second round.
But “in these specific cases, RN-Nupes, let’s be very clear: not a single voice for the National Rally. We have never lacked clarity on this subject (…), not a voice for a closure project, for a project that we do not consider good for the country”, insisted the minister, the day after a first round in which the outgoing majority Together! and the Nupes have made equal play.
Speaking of the “50 shades of Nupes” which constitute the alliance of the left, “of socialists, ecologists, communists, radical LFIs”, she underlined for example that supporting Valérie Rabault, leader of the socialists in the National Assembly whose name had circulated for the post of Prime Minister, it is “yes, three times yes against the RN” in Tarn-et-Garonne.
“Do we therefore call for support for the few candidates who have anti-republican positions, the few candidates who have as substitutes people who have been convicted of stoneing the police? No,” she said.
“So when we say case by case, it’s actually on very few cases – it can be counted on less than one hand – we will indeed rely on the will of the citizens,” added Ms. Grégoire.
The assertion by LREM that it would not give national instructions, but that it would do so “on a case-by-case basis” in the constituencies where RN and Nupes candidates oppose each other because certain candidates of the united left would be “extreme “, had ignited a start of controversy on Sunday evening. “Scandalous”, had notably judged the ecologist Yannick Jadot and many rebels.
In response to a request for clarification from the communist Fabien Roussel, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne then tweeted in the evening: “Faced with the far right, we will always support candidates who respect republican values”. “Our line: never give a voice to the far right,” she clarified.
06/13/2022 08:30:40 – Paris (AFP) – © 2022 AFP