2024 Legislative Elections in Indre-et-Loire: Sandra Barbier (NFP) withdraws, no three-way race in the 3rd constituency

2024 Legislative Elections in Indre-et-Loire: Sandra Barbier (NFP) withdraws, no three-way race in the 3rd constituency
2024 Legislative Elections in Indre-et-Loire: Sandra Barbier (NFP) withdraws, no three-way race in the 3rd constituency

In the end, there will only be duels next Sunday in the five constituencies of Indre-et-Loire.. After hesitating for a long time, the candidate of the New Popular Front, Sandra Barbier, threw in the towel this Monday, July 1st. Sunday night, The rebel came third in the first round with 25.56% of the vote., behind the 32.21% of Jules Robin, the LR-RN alliance and the 32.87% of Henri Alfandari, the outgoing deputy, member of Edouard Philippe’s Horizons party.

Initially this Sunday, Sandra Barbier announced that she was withdrawing so as not to favor the election of the candidate supported by the LR-RN alliance, but around midnight, a turnaround: she finally affirms that she is maintaining her position for the second round. She justifies at the microphone of France Bleu Touraine this decision which makes a re-election of the outgoing deputy much more uncertain: “During a public meeting at Descartes this week, Mr. Alfandari, when asked about the hypothetical duel between Jules Robin, Ciotti compatible with the RN and me for the New Popular Front, clearly said that he would vote for the RN. Therefore, outside the Republican arc. […] As my deep conviction is to fight against the RN’s access to power, this is what also pushed me to maintain my candidacy.”

A decision taken at the request of national authorities

These comments were denied by Henri Alfandari, speaking on France Bleu Touraine: “It’s false, I never said I would vote RN” says the outgoing MP. “From my history, I would never call to vote RN“. But as of Monday morning, things seem less assertive. According to our information, the decision to continue was taken at the request of the national authorities of La France insoumise, but to which the other parties which make up the New Popular Front are hostile.

For the PS, ecologists and communists, Sandra Barbier must withdraw her candidacy in order not to increase the risks of the election of Jules Robin, who would come to strengthen the troops of the RN and its allies in the National Assembly. They finally won their case, Sandra Barbier announced to France Bleu Touraine this Monday early afternoon that she is not maintaining her candidacy for the election of Sunday July 7. Henri Alfandari “thanks Ms. Barbier for this responsible decision“.

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