François Cormier-Bouligeon, in contact, in the 1st constituency of Cher

François Cormier-Bouligeon, in contact, in the 1st constituency of Cher
François Cormier-Bouligeon, in contact, in the 1st constituency of Cher

After the first round, the Berry Republican followed the six candidates on the campaign trail. In the first constituency of Cher, François Cormier-Bouligeon, outgoing Renaissance MP, travelled a lot. Chancellery market, meeting with farmers in Villegenon, visiting a flagship of industry in Aubigny. Calling for a Republican front against the far right.

On Wednesday morning, at the La Chancellerie market, François Cormier-Bouligeon hammered home: “Against the National Rally, the Republic. We’re counting on you!”

In this working-class district of Bourges, the outgoing Renaissance MP (under the banner Ensemble pour ces élus) shakes hands, recognizes, greets, explains, reminds that it is necessary to vote on Sunday, for the second round of the legislative elections. Saïd, an entrepreneur from Bourges, reassures him: “Of course I’m voting on Sunday, I left a proxy to my mother.”

Edouard Philippe’s vote

With a pink sweater tied around his shoulders, a sixty-year-old is formal: “I’m voting for you. I have no choice, you’re the only democrat left.” He adds mischievously: “Do you realize, Édouard Philippe?

will vote for the communist in his constituency?!”

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A communist activist, in fact, is fed up with blocking the RN. “I have a hard time voting for a neoliberal party like Renaissance. I don’t like being taken for a weather vane.” “You’re voting for a man and you know my values,” the outgoing MP replies.

“You vote for a man and you know my values”
François Cormier-Bouligeon,

outgoing deputy Renaissance

Four days before the second round, François Cormier-Bouligeon is on the market this Wednesday to remind people that he embodies “the Republican front against the extreme right”, after the withdrawal in his favour, on Sunday evening, of Hugo Lefelle, the PS-New Popular Front candidate.

François Cormier-Bouligeon on the campaign trail, outgoing Renaissance MP, at the Chancellery market in Bourges, at a breeder Denis in Villegenon, at the Berthelot company in Aubigny

To a couple of convinced people, the candidate for the first constituency of Cher lists: “We don’t want a government led by a TikToker. We don’t want a deputy who doesn’t campaign, doesn’t put his photo on his posters and doesn’t know the constituency. We don’t want a deputy parachuted in from Paris. We don’t want an RN deputy. They are xenophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-republican. On Sunday, we can prevent the RN from having an absolute majority in the Assembly. Talk about it around you.” The audience agrees. Even this young man from Saint-Doulchard, who reluctantly says he voted for Marion Maréchal (Reconquête?!) during the European elections.

As he did the day before with Loïc Kervran (and Nicolas Sansu, read pages 5 and 7), Yann Galut, mayor (DVG) of Bourges, puts a head through. “The situation requires a general mobilization,” he says. Not a single vote must be missing from François Cormier-Bouligeon.” The attacks and the little phrases before the first round are erased?? “We can have differences before the first round, but here, it is the Republic that is at stake,” the mayor decides.

French nationality

In the next aisle, the outgoing MP greets a Syrian refugee, whom he helped obtain French nationality. “I voted for the first time on Sunday,” smiles the restaurateur. “It was very moving.” “Citizens need proximity,” continues François Cormier-Bouligeon, while enjoying a falafel. “My RN opponent prefers to send letters to targeted professions: mayors, pharmacists, winegrowers. I am angry at this lack of respect for voters.”

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The clock is ticking, the campaign continues elsewhere. In another world. The Renaissance candidate has an appointment in Villegenon, in Pays Fort, with farmers. Denis welcomes him to his farm. “I am a milk producer, I work with Triballat, in Rians, explains the breeder. I am from Normandy, I could not find a tool like this farm, in Normandy. Here, I met an incredible apprenticeship master, who wanted to see his breeding activity continue. And today, one of my daughters, Anne, wants to do my job.”
François Cormier-Bouligeon on the campaign trail, outgoing Renaissance MP, at the Chancellery market in Bourges, at a breeder Denis in Villegenon, at the Berthelot company in Aubigny

“Training”

With the outgoing MP, they met during the campaign for the 2017 legislative elections, in Aubigny. “We talked, I wanted to get an idea of ​​who he was,” recalls Denis. The breeder understands the roots of the vote for the National Rally. “At 19, I was attracted by the discourse on youth in difficulty, of what was at the time the National Front of Jean-Marie Le Pen. These people seduce poverty. The way I understood was to educate myself.”

His colleague, Brice, a young cereal farmer based in Barlieu, shares his grievances. The paperwork that drowns his profession, the increasingly time-consuming and technical procedures. He returns to a case that was poorly digested in this corner of Cher: the withdrawal of the ICHN in 2017 (**). “A scandal?! In many farms, it was the rest to live on,” admits the Renaissance candidate, who in this case supports the action of a collective before the administrative courts.

“These people seduce misery” Denis, breeder in Villegenon

(Questions about miracles)

“The difficulties of the climate, the relationship with living things, that’s part of our job,” Denis sums up. “On the other hand, agriculture cannot have an administration at its head. We would like it to make that known to the Assembly.” The farmer adds that we must not sink, however. “It’s the most beautiful job in the world.”

The candidate brings the conversation back to employment. “We can’t leave people in this poverty trap that is the RSA. They are having a hard time with it and it’s annoying you. We have to set up programs and get three-quarters of the beneficiaries back into employment.”

In the afternoon, François Cormier-Bouligeon has an appointment in Aubigny. In support of the economic community. The Berthelot establishments are a thriving family business, subcontracting for MBDA, Nexter, Thalès, etc. “In 2019, the first time he came to see us, there were twenty of us. Today, there are forty of us,” rejoices the CEO, Fabien Berthelot. “Being on a human scale allows us to be efficient.”

François Cormier-Bouligeon on the campaign trail, outgoing Renaissance MP, at the Chancellery market in Bourges, at a breeder Denis in Villegenon, at the Berthelot company in Aubigny
To achieve this economic miracle, the Berthelot company has changed and now produces parts with high added value. Fabien Berthelot supports the outgoing MP “because he is rooted in the territory. It’s reassuring to feel supported.”

Being from the territory and not “parachuted in” remains the outgoing MP’s favorite argument. “During each campaign, I get naked. I’m not complaining. The life of an MP is played out in two Sundays.”

Former Prime Minister, president of the Horizons party and mayor of Le Havre.

(**) The compensatory allowance for natural handicaps (ICHN) is aid supporting farmers in areas where production conditions are more difficult than elsewhere.

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