After several days of waiting, they finally met. Samia Ghali, ex-PS and Michèle Rubirola, candidate of the “Printemps Marseillais” who came first in the second round of the municipal election, spoke on Thursday to discuss the “third round” of the municipal election in Marseille . "I asked Michèle Rubirola to be her first assistant," announced Senator Samia Ghali today in a press release sent to AFP.
“This request seems legitimate to me. Firstly, because beyond the values we share, I am the one who can allow him on Saturday to be effectively mayor of Marseille. Secondly and above all because the desire to rebalance our city and take into account working-class districts can no longer be mere words, ” explains Samia Ghali.
"Sincere and loyal will"
In the rest of this press release, the senator explains her desire to "rebalance" Marseille, which she says involves "taking into account working-class neighborhoods" . “Last night, for the first time since the election held last Sunday, I met Michèle Rubirola. I clearly told him of my sincere and loyal desire to be by his side in order to participate in the rally which is essential today to enable change in Marseille, ” she wrote.
"So I clearly reiterated to Michèle Rubirola that Marseille could no longer be done without the northern districts" , which have the most impoverished districts in the second city of France, she continues. "The moment of union of the city, of reconciliation between its north and its south, of taking into account all these forgotten and despised people must finally arrive," said the senator, who claims to have made her request for be the first assistant "on their behalf".
“I now await serenely and as a free woman the response from Mrs. Rubirola. The ball is in his court and it is today his responsibility as future mayor of Marseille to create the conditions for a rally which I wish for, ” she concludes.
Possible disagreements to come?
Reelected Sunday in his popular sector in the north of the city, the former socialist holds part of the keys to this election, thanks to the eight seats obtained by her list in the second round. If this alliance comes into being, it would put the “Printemps Marseillais” and its 42 seats in a very favorable position as we approach the installation session of the municipal council on Saturday, during which the next mayor of the city will be elected. .
“If this agreement comes to fruition, it's a good thing. But it should have been done well before, ” said a relative of the senator. But if it were to see the light of day, this agreement could also threaten the left-wing union list led by Michèle Rubirola. “Everything is very fragile. The 'Printemps Marseillais' is an alliance between many groups, from the Pirate Party to the Communist Party, via rebellious France and the Socialist Party. An agreement with Samia Ghali could create new dissidents, "said a Marseille elected official.
Asked about France Bleu Bouches-du-Rhône, yesterday, Olivia Fortin, new mayor of the 6th and 8th arrondissements of Marseille, also believed that the position of first assistant could not go to Samia Ghali. “It is not thinkable. Michèle Rubirola's first assistant must be someone she knows well, with whom she has worked for a long time. Inevitably someone from the Printemps Marseillais, ” she said.