In Metz, Republican forces allied against the RN

In Metz, Republican forces allied against the RN
In Metz, Republican forces allied against the RN

It was a motley coalition, which a priori has many opposing views, which met on Thursday July 4 at the Le Lancieu bar in Metz (Moselle), amidst the smells of croissants and still-steaming coffee, at the invitation of the outgoing Renaissance MP Ludovic Mendes.

The idea is not only to save Private Mendes but to call for the union of republican forces in a general mobilization against the extreme right,” specifies the one who claims son of Spanish immigrants who fled the dictatorship.

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“Beat the ideas of the RN”

In Moselle, where the RN came out on top in all constituencies, the second round of the legislative elections will be a close call. In the second constituency, while RN candidate Marie-Claude Voinçon came out on top with 37.48% of the vote, her opponent, Ludovic Mendes, who won 30.22%, thinks that it is still possible to prevent the far right from winning.

A hope that was strengthened by the withdrawal, on Sunday evening, of the candidacy of Victorien Nicolas (New Popular Front), who came third with 26.61% of the vote, for whom there is only one objective: Defeat the ideas of the National Rally which pervert our fellow citizens. A withdrawal criticized in The Lorraine Republican by the RN candidate: It is sad to take voters hostage. Left-wing voters may not want to vote for Mr. Mendes, Macron’s candidate…

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Victorien Nicolas, a member of the Socialist Party, was nevertheless present this Thursday morning around the table alongside Ludovic Mendes and his deputy François Henrion, also joined by the president of the Grand Est region, Franck Leroy, the mayor of Metz and president of the Eurometropolis François Grosdidier, but also Jérémy Roques, leader of the opposition group Unis pour Metz, as well as the mayors of Montigny-lès-Metz, Ancy-Dornot and Louvigny.

“Tired of hearing this propaganda”

If we do not share everything around this table, we at least have one common obsession: that the extreme right does not come to power,”recalled the leader of the opposition group, Jérémy Roques, for whom There is no point in hesitating for a minute: we support the Republican candidate against the party of hate and fear.”

Ludovic Mendes (Renaissance) and Victorien Nicolas (NFP) brought together for breakfast, among others, the mayor of Metz François Grosdidier and the president of the Grand Est region, Franck Leroy. | CLARA HESSE, OUEST-FRANCE
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Ludovic Mendes (Renaissance) and Victorien Nicolas (NFP) brought together for breakfast, among others, the mayor of Metz François Grosdidier and the president of the Grand Est region, Franck Leroy. | CLARA HESSE, OUEST-FRANCE

For his part, Ludovic Mendes recalled the dangers represented by his RN opponent, Marie-Claude Voinçon, whom he considers to be a Petainist, nostalgic for French Algeria and an representative of the most filthy extreme right.” Apart from the fact that no one knows them, 70% of RN candidates are dragging nauseating things behind them, between Nazi hats and hostage-taking,” hammered home the president of the Grand Est region Franck Leroy.

Three days before the second round of the legislative elections, Marie-Claude Voinçon, who went to distribute her leaflets this Thursday, said that, still in The Lorraine Republican, tired of hearing this anti-RN propaganda all day long . The RN candidate, who did not respond to our requests, debated Thursday evening with Ludovic Mendes, on Moselle TV.

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