Valérie Hayer is no longer alone, but still poorly accompanied: look at the list!

Valérie Hayer is no longer alone, but still poorly accompanied: look at the list!
Valérie Hayer is no longer alone, but still poorly accompanied: look at the list!

The European elections have their particularities: a single round of voting organized in all the countries of the Union at the same time, they are also proportional elections, by list. Until now, we have mainly seen the top of the list. If Jordan Bardella, Marion Maréchal and Raphaël Glucksmann were appointed early, we had to wait a long time for the reappointment of François-Xavier Bellamyn, and even longer for the induction of Valérie Hayer. It is true that no one was fighting, neither at LR nor at Renaissance, to accept a result which does not look fantastic. As Jordan Bardella reminded her during this week’s debate, she was pushed where no majority leader wanted to go: neither Bayrou, nor Borne, nor Philippe, nor Séjourné, nor Beaune, nor Le Maire. So, it’s time for women. Her name was Nathalie, five years ago. It will be Valérie this time.

So that’s it for the top of the list. But a list vote, in the European elections as well as in the municipal elections, requires that we also take an interest in the list. First for the campaign, because a good recruit can always boost your locomotive if it turns out to be sluggish (follow my gaze). And a black sheep is always annoying. Several parties have clearly understood the advantage they have in carefully selecting these seconds, thirds, etc. In order to create an event and maintain attention and media momentum. It is undeniable that the revelations of Fabrice Leggeri in No. 3 and Malika Sorel in No. 2, at well-chosen moments during the pre-campaign, gave additional impetus to Jordan Bardella: from now on, the trial for incompetence and inexperience became difficult. And, for internal use, this gave the image of a clear RN on the questions of immigration and Islamization. Likewise, if the LR leader resists well, he certainly owes it to the arrival of Céline Imart, daughter of farmers, and even more so of General Christophe Gomart, former head of military intelligence: faced with an Emmanuel Macron will- en-war which accumulates worrying declarations, LR felt that it was necessary to make a different voice heard on Ukrainian and defense issues (see his interview with Louis de Torcy on Boulevard Voltaire). Reconquête has adopted an identical strategy which, here too, seems to be paying off: the arrival of Sarah Knafo last weekend created an event, as did that of the very media-focused Jean Messiha. The three right-wing parties have had a flawless performance by aligning talents solid with their convictions, and impactful in the media.

The bar was therefore high for the majority leaders and Valérie Hayer. So high that they didn’t try to cross it. This Saturday, we learned about Valérie Hayer’s first thirty running mates. No prizes of war. No civil society figures. No disruption on the right: on this side, the beam seems to be moving again, but more in the direction of Édouard Philippe. And, let’s be honest, hardly any talent. Which is a bit annoying for the list of the majority, and a pro-European majority. So, in No. 2, Bernard Guetta, 73 years old, journalist, outgoing MP. In No. 3, a certain Marie-Pierre Védrenne, from MoDem, who no one knows. Then Pascal Canfin, the ex-EELV in the sights of farmers. And in 5, Nathalie Loiseau, the former head of the list five years ago. Then come other leavers: Sandro Gozi (MoDem), the former Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs, and the former mayor of Strasbourg Fabienne Keller (Renaissance), 6e and 7e. Already worn, dull and transparent, like Valérie Hayer.

If Renaissance’s score, today around 16%, experienced a spectacular recovery, one thing is certain, it would not be due to its list or its candidates.

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