Six marriages and six burials. The six major alliances agreed between the LR and LREM lists in the municipal entre-deux-tours in Lyon (and its metropolis), Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Clermont-Ferrand, Tours and Aurillac have all ended in brilliant victories… from the left. The party of Christian Jacob and that of Stanislas Guerini may well have distanced themselves from them, recalling that it was above all a question of "local alliances" and not of apparatus, these rapprochements had not gone unnoticed.
"LR drops the mask and joins forces with Emmanuel Macron !! […] What more do their constituents need to understand? ", Had for example tweeted Marine Le Pen on June 3. Less publicized, similar scenarios have occurred in Colombes, Châtillon (Hauts-de-Seine) or Bourges (Cher) with the same result.
At LR, we swear that we will never take them back. "When we allied with En Marche, they pulled us to the bottom," regretted Monday on RTL the leader of LR senators, Bruno Retailleau. "Those who made an alliance with En Marche paid dearly for it," says the party's general secretary, Aurélien Pradié. "The erasure of the cleavages in LREM fashion, it does not work, the French need to know where they live and we must be right in our boots", estimates number 3 of the party. "I am delighted that ambiguity does not allow victory," even adds a senior LR leader, on condition of anonymity.
"Stop taking voters for oxen"
This paradoxical satisfaction is explained by the fear that certain right-wing executives may have had of colleagues being tempted to respond positively to macronist sirens. "It solves the problem for those who lacked spine," said the same.
However, certain lists having benefited from the joint nomination of LR and LREM have known successes, as in Nice, Toulouse, Angers or Amiens. “When it comes to a large gathering before the first round, it works. It's when you hang on to the branches in between the towers that it doesn't work. We must stop taking the voters for oxen, "deciphers another LR leader for whom the alliances in Lyon and Strasbourg in particular were" madness ". In these two cities, the LR list was ranked behind an LREM head of list.
"But the right alone and the flag's strategy doesn't work either. We saw it in Paris with the result of Dati… ”warns the same. These are the people who embody a moderate right who have obtained the best results, as in Cannes or Saint-Etienne… ”Clearly, the right has not finished asking questions.