Ministers Gà © rald Darmanin, Marlène Schiappa and Eric Dupond-Moretti, December 9, 2020 at the Elysée – AFP / Charles Platiau

The big guns’ awakening was late, but it did happen. Discreetly or head-on, a group of members of the government of Jean Castex threw themselves into the battle of the regional elections. A choice that corresponds to the desire repeatedly expressed by Emmanuel Macron, to see his ministers wet their shirts and come within reach of bawling on the markets, less than a year from the start. Presidential election.

Not all do it with the same level of investment. Four ministers are currently running for regional presidency. They represent a sort of “category 1” on the scale of the candidates concerned. Other heavyweights of the executive have launched, most for the regions, but not exclusively, some having opted for the more discreet departments. These are categories 2 and 3.

This classification, which is not official, gives an idea of ​​the level of involvement of the ministers concerned. “Category 3 will eventually have a weekend market, category 2 will spend its weekends there, and category 1 will also spend part of the week there”, we sums up a macronist framework.

The two main minister-candidates are not from the historic canal macronie. These are two MoDem hierarchs, the party of François Bayrou and turbulent ally of La Rà © publique en Marche. First there is Marc Fesneau, Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament, former mayor of the small town of Marchenoir and candidate for the presidency of the Center-Val de Loire region.

Experienced local elected official and skilful tactician, the one who became number two of the Modem after the death of Marielle de Sarnez is the candidate on which the macronie is betting the most to seize a rebellion. gion. Marc Fesneau will however have a lot to do to win. If the outgoing president of Center-Val de Loire, the socialist François Bonneau, is in a bad position, this is less the case for the candidate Les Rà © publicains, Nicolas Forissier, who has already died. I ruled out any possibility of merging its lists with those of the Macronists in the event of a triangular in the second round.

There is also Geneviève Darrieussecq, Modem Minister in charge of Memory and Veterans Affairs, who presents himself in New Aquitaine against the socialist baron Alain Rousset, chairman of the regional council since 23 years. The recent complaint revealed by Marianne, of a former collaborator accusing Alain Rousset of embezzlement of public funds, does not prevent him from turning at the head of an Ipsos poll for France Blue with 25% of the vote in the first round. Geneviève Darrieussecq, she is credited with 19% of the vote. It remains to be seen whether it will merge with LR Nicolas Florian.

Still in this first category, there is finally Laurent Pietraszewski – secretary of state in charge of pensions – in Hauts-de-France, facing Xavier Bertrand, then Brigitte Klinkert – minister of Delegate to Insertion – which faces Jean Rottner in the Grand-Est. The difference with the previous two is that neither can reasonably hope to conquer the region he is running for.

This is especially the case for Laurent Pietraszewski. Elected in the North, he was unable to get his campaign off track, remaining stuck around 10% in the polls in the first round, or just the threshold required to be able to participate in the second. Hence the recent sending of several government heavyweights to support him, including Eric Dupond-Moretti.

As for Brigitte Klinkert, whose relations with Jean Rottner are rather fresh according to some macronists, she can hope for a second-round alliance with outgoing president LR. The latter has also sent a signal by ejecting Nadine Morano, figure of the hardest fringe of the right, from one of his lists: a way of being Macron-compatible as a last resort, if the National Gathering is largely in the lead.

In view of the concomitance of regional and departmental elections, you sometimes have to hang in there to understand. In a regional election, there is a candidate for the presidency of the region (the four cases mentioned above), who presents lists in every department in this region. The candidate himself must also be on one of these lists, generally in first position.

In its lists, the macronie has been able to count on several headliners to strengthen its device. Let’s start with Île-de-France, where it is the deputy of Val-de-Marne Laurent Saint-Martin who is running for the presidency of the region. AT?? Paris, Marlène Schiappa will lead the LaREM list, thus committing to campaign actively in a region where everything indicates that Valà © rie Pà © cresse will be re-elected.

Another example in Val-d’Oise, where it is the Modem Nathalie Elimas, discreet secretary of state for priority education, who will be at the head of the list. In Val-de-Marne, where Laurent Saint-Martin is number one (which we explained above), Emmanuelle Wargon occupies second place on the list. It had already been a while since the Minister of Housing, who intends to become a figure in the nebulous “left wing” of LaREM, wanted to take part in a local ballot. Also in Île-de-France, the Minister of Transformation and the Civil Service, the ex-juppeist Amà © lie de Montchalin, will lead the marchers in Essonne.

The biggest caliber of this category will however tow elsewhere: Eric Dupond-Moretti, who has long displayed his fierce opposition to the RN, is officially head of the list in the Pas-de-Calais. Rather than replacing Laurent Pietraszeswki by running for the presidency of Hauts-de-France, the bubbling Minister of Justice has opted for a solution that allows him to be on the front line without having to pretend to want delight the region to Xavier Bertrand.

Emmanuel Macron’s goal? Score sufficiently correct so that the outgoing ex-LR president needs LaREM’s withdrawal to win against SÃ © bastien Chenu. And, thus, be indebted to the walkers. Eric Dupond-Moretti will not be alone: ​​the Minister of SMEs Alain Griset will be number 3 in the North, his homeland.

Other heavyweights have jumped into the fight, but more for support than for headlining. There is in particular Gabriel Attal, who will be last of the list in Hauts-de-Seine, where it is the duo Aurà © lie Taquilain-Thierry Solère who leads the dance. In total, the Hauts-de-Seine represents 32 of the 209 seats in the regional council of Île-de-France.

Sign that Hauts-de-France is a region where, failing to win, the macronie intends to shake up the game between the right and the RN, Agnès Pannier-Runacher also recovered A folding seat in Pas-de-Calais, where she will be last on the list led by her colleague Eric Dupond-Moretti. A choice that some at LaREM consider astonishing, the Minister of Industry having initially considered the head of the list … in Paris.

There is also the case of GÃ © rald Darmanin who, while being a candidate for the departments in the canton of Tourcoing-2, will be last on the list in the North within the framework of the regional ones, like the recently revealed Le Journal du Dimanche. A step that the Minister of the Interior was reluctant to take, since as we explained last Wednesday, this choice to participate in Laurent Pietraszewski’s campaign automatically involves facing Xavier Bertrand, including GÃ © rald Darmanin was the right arm and the close one.

Finally, two other ministers will defend the label “presidential majority” only in departmental elections: SÃ © bastien Lecornu, ex-LR minister of overseas who is running in the canton de Vernon, of which he was mayor from 2014 to 2015, and the former socialist Brigitte Bourguignon, who will be a candidate in the canton of Desvres-Marquise, in Pas-de-Calais. She will also face Marine Le Pen.

The Minister Delegate in charge of Autonomy will campaign with the mayor of Audinghen, Marc Sarpaux. La Boulonnaise is already a candidate in the next partial legislative organized in the sixth district of Pas-de-Calais, but will leave her seat to her substitute in case of victory, to remain in government .AT

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