An earthquake for the right. A big favorite in the polls before the first round, the LR candidate in Marseille, Martine Vassal, achieved a real underperformance this Sunday evening. Widely distanced across the city by his opponent of the Marseilles Spring Michèle Rubirola, the head of the list of Republicans failed to win his own sector. Against all expectations, Olivia Fortin indeed made the 6th and 8th arrondissements to the left, winning with 41.78% of the vote, before the president of the metropolis and of the department, which caps at 39.16%.
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Until Sunday evening, this very chic district of downtown Marseille - where Jean-Claude Gaudin was elected in the first round in 2014 - was considered captive for the right. Raised, Martine Vassal attributed her " short defeat " to " the stubbornness of the minor candidate " Yvon Berland (LREM), which caused a quadrangular while maintaining itself at all costs with the ex-LR Caroline Pozmentier. With 7.67% of the vote, the walker however did not manage to obtain the least elected representative, whether at the city or sector level.
"How are we going to govern Marseille?"
As of Monday, a crucial week will open in Marseille: Jean-Claude Gaudin does not know who, from Martine Vassal (LR) or Michèle Rubirola (PS, PCF, EELV, LFI), he will hand over the keys to the 'City Hall Friday. This will depend on the final results in the eight sectors of the city, which will determine the exact number of municipal councilors obtained by each camp. Long negotiations will follow, during which the dissident Bruno Gilles (ex-LR) and Samia Ghali (ex-PS), re-elected in the 13th and 14th arrondissements, could play the queen-makers.
" Tonight I haven't lost. Tonight, there is no majority in Marseille. Tonight, there is no mayor of Marseille, ”also reacted Martine Vassal, in a press release published the night of Sunday to Monday. “ So there is a deadlock that I feared for Marseille. I encourage you to observe the number of municipal councilors that my lists have recorded and the number that Michèle Rubirola has acquired. (...) How are we going to govern Marseille? ", She continued, regretting the" supposedly green wave that took everything "this Sunday.