Like a foretaste of 2022. This Sunday will take place four high-stake partial legislative elections. They will be the last before the presidential election. Elections will take place in Oise and Indre-et-Loire. But two of them will be particularly scrutinized, starting with that of the 6th district of Pas-de-Calais. The Minister for Autonomy, Brigitte Bourguignon, is present again. Despite herself… Last July, when she entered the government, she thought that her deputy would replace her in the National Assembly. It has not happened ! His understudy preferred to keep his local mandates rather than become a parliamentarian for a year!

So Brigitte Bourguignon returned to the countryside, surveying this constituency of 164 municipalities, near Boulogne-sur-Mer. Once, twice, three times … Due to the health crisis, the ballot kept being postponed. Worst timeframe for the minister: the debate became nationalized against a backdrop of fiercely contested regions in Hauts-de-France. “The battle is politicizing itself to the death, as it has plowed this place for years,” squeaks those around him. If Bourguignon, elected for eight years, prefers to highlight the local card, it is because since the start of the five-year term, LREM has never won a partial …

In recent days, the leaders of the rounds marched to support their respective foals: Xavier Bertrand, the socialist Stéphane Le Foll, the RN Sébastien Chenu… In this department, the National Gathering already has 4 deputies. The minister will try to save her chair, but also her place in government … “The Prime Minister has assured her: her ministerial post is not at stake,” say his supporters. Nevertheless, the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, repeats regularly that “for a local election, there has never been a rule”, but that “it can be different for national elections” like the legislative ones. .

Another constituency, another match: in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, it is a question of recovering the chair left vacant by the socialist George Pau-Langevin. François Hollande’s former overseas minister left in November to become deputy to the Defender of Rights. The battle looks very much like a primary on the left.

For Anne Hidalgo, the loss of this historic socialist stronghold, the only one to have resisted the macronist wave in the capital in 2017, would certainly be seen as a bad omen. The mayor of Paris has therefore aligned a faithful, the Paris councilor Lamia El Aaraje, 34, who is a favorite and received last March the support of former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin.

On her left, the national speaker of La France insoumise, Danielle Simonnet, intends to push her aside. “Liberalism is enough, whether it comes from Macron or Hidalgo,” she said. With me, the twentieth can send to the National Assembly an 18th rebellious deputy who will be in clear resistance to the government “. Jean-Luc Mélenchon recently came to support it. He called on voters to “kick the butt” of the macronists. In the 2017 presidential election, the LFI candidate came out on top in the 20th arrondissement with 31.8% of the vote against 30.6% for Emmanuel Macron.

Environmental candidate Antoinette Guhl also has the ambition to join the Assembly. At the 2019 Europeans, Yannick Jadot was acclaimed in the 20th arrondissement, arriving first with nearly 25% of the vote. “Very clearly, with the crisis we are going through, the voters of the borough deeply feel the need for ecology”, assures the candidate. In this left-wing Parisian stronghold, the Republic on the move has decided to ignore the ballot.