2024 Legislative Elections. In Toulon, former RN police officer Sébastien Soulé leads the first round, in a city with a National Front past

2024 Legislative Elections. In Toulon, former RN police officer Sébastien Soulé leads the first round, in a city with a National Front past
2024 Legislative Elections. In Toulon, former RN police officer Sébastien Soulé leads the first round, in a city with a National Front past

The former police officer from the Bac Nord in Marseille won 42.28% of the vote in the first round of the legislative elections in Toulon ahead of the outgoing MP from the Macronist coalition Ensemble!, Yannick Chenevard. The battle promises to be tough.

On Sunday, June 30, five outgoing RN deputies from the Var department were re-elected in the first round in the Var. Unprecedented.
In the running in Toulon, Sébastien Soulé came out on top (42.28%) ahead of the outgoing Renaissance MP Yannick Chenevard (31.37%) and the Insoumis candidate of the New Popular Front Eric Habouzit (22.38%), who announced his withdrawal this Tuesday morning, for “to block” au RN.

46 years old, sporty appearance and southern accent, this candidate is a novice in politics but not totally unknown. He was one of the “baqueux” accused in the Bac Nord trial in Marseille. But he was finally acquitted in 2021, like six others of the 18 defendants, after “nine years of a life on borrowed time”he says today.

His story inspired one of the main characters in “Bac Nord”, a film by Cédric Gimenez. After this episode, he turned to unionism at Alliance Police Nationale, before launching into politics, encouraged by the local MP Laure Lavalette.

> Report from France 3 Toulon before the 1st round:

For him, the RN is the “the only party that has the courage to say that it wants to restore order”. And he assures to receive “lots of support from the police”.

With this atypical candidate, the RN hopes to conquer the only one of the eight constituencies it still lacks to achieve a grand slam in this rural and conservative Var department where the extreme right has ruled the city of Fréjus for 10 years.

But the outgoing MP, Yannick Chenevard, has not said his last word: “We are an island in Toulon, a bit like an Asterix village.” For two years in the Assembly, this former soldier was rapporteur for the Navy budget and a member of the highly secret National Commission for the Control of Intelligence Techniques.

As combative as he is, he does not deny it.

This kind of gigantic RN wave that is covering the country, with completely unknown elected people.

the outgoing MP, Yannick Chenevard.

And he still doesn’t explain himself “this totally irrational dissolution” of‘Emmanuel Macron, the one he had joined, in the line of these regional barons who left the Republicans for the President of the Republic.

For these elections, he is banking on his local presence, having notably been the first deputy of his mentor, the former mayor Hubert Falco, who was dismissed from all his functions by the courts last year.

The fall of Falco, who has always presented himself as a bulwark against the extreme right, from whom he had taken back the city in the early 2000s, has shaken up the local political landscape. And these legislative elections also have the value of a test for the municipal elections of 2026.

“Hubert”, as everyone calls him here, also broke his silence on Monday to support his protégé in the face of a “far right” Who “would inexorably condemn us to a deadly adventure and chaos.”

It should be remembered that from 1992 to 1998, the RN (ex-FN) had taken cities like Marignane (Bouches-du-Rhône) and Orange (Vaucluse) or Toulon. From 1995 to 2001, Jean-Marie Le Chevallier led the city. The far-right party thus won for the first time a city with more than 100,000 inhabitants.

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