Carole Delga (PS), the outgoing president of the Occitanie region, June 20, 2021 © FRED SCHEIBER / AFP
The Socialist Party resisted Sunday, June 21 in the first round of the 2021 Regionals, coming out on top in the five regions it owns, giving it hope for a score at least identical to that of 2015, if not more.
Coming nationally in third position, behind Les Républicains and the National Rally, the Socialist Party sees the lists it led, most often with the Communist Party, obtaining, according to estimates, between 16.5% and 17.6% of the vote. , acting of a still important territorial anchoring.
The Socialists, who can claim to distance themselves from environmentalists in many regions, say they are able to keep the five regions they currently hold, and even be able to switch to the left, with the environmentalists with whom they are elbow- shoulder to shoulder, the Pays de la Loire region.
The outgoing presidents of the five socialist regions all came out on top, sometimes with a comfortable lead, as in Occitania where Carole Delga, who was the big favorite, obtained some 39.6% of the vote, or more than 17 points ahead of RN Jean- Paul Garraud, according to initial estimates.
Similarly Alain Rousset, who is seeking a fifth term in New Aquitaine, is leading the way with 28.6 to 30.1% of the vote, according to estimates.
In Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Marie-Guite Dufay leads with 26.2% of the vote, ahead of RN Julien Odoul by less than three points, according to one estimate. Candidate EELV is credited with around 10% of the vote.
In the Center-Val-de-Loire region, the outgoing PS François Bonneau is ahead (25.6%) by four points over RN Aleksandar Nikolic (21.7%), according to an estimate, and hopes to be able to count there too on the support of voice of the ecologist Charles Fournier (11.4%).
In Brittany also, outgoing socialist president Loïg Chesnais-Girard comes slightly ahead, with just over 20% of the vote.
“There is a very clear outgoing bonus,” admitted the PS mayor of Le Mans Stéphane Le Foll, on France 2.
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For the first secretary of the PS Olivier Faure, “there is today a hope which can be raised”, he declared on France 2.
“We’ve been told for four years now that there will be a second round anyway between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. This evening, the demonstration is made, – unfortunately with the 30% of French people who have come, too little – that when they travel, the French do not come to vote for the vote, neither the party of Marine Le Pen, nor the party of ‘Emmanuel Macron,’ he added.
For the socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, expected to be a presidential candidate, “the left and environmentalists are tonight the first political force in the country” and “must gather everywhere for the second round”, in order to “prepare the ‘future of the country and building work-study programs’.
A desire for a rally also formulated for Ile-de-France, where the three left-wing lists, part in dispersed order, should merge behind environmentalist Julien Bayou.
“We have been buried for four years”, but “the French made political choices this evening which confirm very established political figures”, welcomes Olivier Faure’s entourage.
For Fabien Roussel, national secretary of the PCF and presidential candidate, these results are “rather a good sign” for the left and environmentalists, he said on France 2. “The French […] have clearly expressed a choice. The left-wing and environmentalist lists are on the rise. “
But for the political scientist Stéphane Rozès, the results, and especially the strong abstention, give a “biased picture” of the left. To signify the weakness of the “left bloc”, he cites the example of the unitary candidacy of the left in Hauts-de-France, where Karima Delli obtains around 18% of the vote, far behind outgoing president LR Xavier Bertrand.
“The PS and the left seem to limit the damage, because people did not go to vote”, in particular because “the regions are not experienced as political bodies but rather as administrative bodies, which distribute the means”, believes he does.
As a result, “there is no relationship between the results of the Regionals and those of the Presidential”, he warns.