“We will have to resist,” declared Bastien Marchive during a “republican aperitif”

“We will have to resist,” declared Bastien Marchive during a “republican aperitif”
“We will have to resist,” declared Bastien Marchive during a “republican aperitif”

“Ah! Here are the old friends!”says a participant when seeing a group arrive. And indeed, the “republican aperitif” organized in Niort this Thursday, July 4, 2024 in the evening by the outgoing deputy Bastien Marchive, candidate labeled various center in the 1re constituency of Deux-Sèvres, took on the appearance of a reunion club at times: many of those present were leading figures from the time of the socialist municipalities of the 1990s, when Bernard Bellec was at the head of the town hall (1985-2002). Meeting place: Henri-Georges-Clouzot square, a stone’s throw from the Moulin-du-Milieu.

Apple juice
and aperitif biscuits

This “republican aperitif” was a bit like the last act of the campaign. On the banks of the Sèvre, under the shade, tables were set up. Bottles of water, apple juice, wine, peanuts and aperitif biscuits. Everyone was free to come. The idea as it was announced: that the people of Niort have the opportunity to talk with the candidate. In the end, the bulk of the troops were almost exclusively made up of supporters of the outgoing MP. Starting with the mayor of Niort and president of the Niortais urban community, Jérôme Baloge, and senator (Les Républicains) Philippe Mouiller.

Bastien Marchive took the opportunity to deliver a final political message. “Welcome to what I wanted to call a Republican aperitif. It’s that all of us here are convinced Republicans. And I think I can say that we are all worried. But from there, what do we do?”

The outgoing MP is looking ahead to the period after July 7. “If we want to oppose the National Rally, there are several ways. Either sow chaos, pronounce simplistic phrases… Or carry a serious alternative project.” And for this, he argues, in the event of a relative majority of the RN, there is no other solution than:“to bring on board all those who identify with the values ​​of the Republic. I am proud to live in a territory that is part of this logic. I would like us to toast to a peaceful constituency that resists.”

But even though he is thinking about the post-second round and is considered the favourite, Bastien Marchive does not want to appear to be rushing things: “We will have to resist. On Sunday, we will not demobilize. The election is not over.” From the other side of the Sèvre comes the music of Commander Che Guevara : we are celebrating at Les Halles. Like a distant and offbeat echo.

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