Legislative: Pontivy and Loudéac, two geographically close municipalities… but far apart in the ballot boxes

Legislative: Pontivy and Loudéac, two geographically close municipalities… but far apart in the ballot boxes
Legislative: Pontivy and Loudéac, two geographically close municipalities… but far apart in the ballot boxes

Pontivy, Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 11 a.m. Three friends, in their sixties, are chatting at the counter of the Grand Café. Macron is taking a beating. The scores of the Ensemble candidates in the coastal municipalities of the department are being scrutinized. “59.17% for the presidential majority on Île aux Moines! Sociologically, we can see exactly who lives where!” notes one. The RN obtained “42% in my municipality, where we voted communist 30 years ago… There are several Frances!” exclaims another.

The 3rd constituency of Morbihan placed Antoine Oliviero (RN) in the lead on Sunday, with 35.85% of the vote, ahead of Nicole Le Peih, outgoing deputy of the presidential majority (26.57%). The LFI candidate has since withdrawn. Antoine Oliviero, originally from Plescop, is only 25 years old, three years younger than Jordan Bardella. “Well, when I saw the photo of the RN candidate… It’s true that he looks young. But it’s the label that counts!”, says David, encountered on rue Nat’ (rue Nationale).

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Drug trafficking

To explain this RN score, a passerby mentions some nocturnal events, which would have fueled a feeling of insecurity. The disappearance of a Loudéacian, François Ferreira, in February 2023, never found despite extensive searches in La Trinité-Porhoët (56), and the indictment of three individuals for murder in an organized gang, against a backdrop of drug trafficking, have left their mark. “I think there is some of that too,” says this lady.

“It’s a largely protest vote!”, believes a connoisseur of Central Brittany. “When people are caught up in everyday worries and the left is embodied by bobos from the metropolises, they feel abandoned and throw themselves into the RN adventure,” he continues. And to mention the low wages of workers in the food industry, hit hard by inflation. D’Aucy, Jean-Floch, Greenyard… The Locminé basin (56) concentrates more than 3,000 jobs in this sector. It’s not certain either that we have forgotten Emmanuel Macron’s comments, in 2014, on the Gad workers, “many of whom are illiterate”… (Here, in video)

“Le Fur, he is adored”

With Cooperl, Kermené, Gelagri…, the neighbouring constituency of Loudéac-Lamballe supports the comparison in terms of the number of jobs in the agri-food sector. Here too, the RN is strutting its stuff (28.57%). But it is Corentin le Fur, with 31.96%, who is in a very favourable position after the withdrawal of the NFP and Ensemble. “The voters have transferred to the son,” notes, without irony, a passer-by. “Le Fur, after six terms, he is idolised. This time, it is his son, but he is sponsoring him, that is why the RN did not come out on top,” confirms a Loudéacienne.

Crossed in the city center, Robert Rault, former socialist elected official of Loudéac, can only judge Marc le Fur’s choice to knight his son “strategically well played. It was obvious that the people who had voted for the father would vote for the son.” As for the RN lying in wait, “it is due to Macron’s policy, which has never listened to the little people, workers, single women… The great national debate, launched at the beginning of 2019 after the Yellow Vests, was a great dialogue of the deaf! The left has not done everything to support employees and workers either and this is where it leads us…”.

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