2024 Legislative Elections: Double Punishment for Patricia Miralles, Who Also Sees Her Municipal Ambitions Collapse

2024 Legislative Elections: Double Punishment for Patricia Miralles, Who Also Sees Her Municipal Ambitions Collapse
2024 Legislative Elections: Double Punishment for Patricia Miralles, Who Also Sees Her Municipal Ambitions Collapse

Her government duties could have placed her ideally for the 2026 municipal elections. Except that her results in the first round last Sunday did not work in her favour: third in the Montpellier polls, far behind the candidate of the left-wing union.

Patricia Miralles lost badly on Sunday. Very badly. Her double appointment for a total duration of almost two years as Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance could have been a fabulous springboard for the 2026 municipal elections. This Sunday evening, in the first constituency, the Palavas dike gave way, she took the full force of the anti-Macronist tide and lost her Montpellier ambitions at the same time.

Came to fill a forty-year void

When she was appointed to the government in 2022, the day after her re-election in the legislative elections (at the same time as Jean-François Carenco, Minister Delegate for Overseas Territories, who has since largely disappeared from the radar), it had been more than forty years since Montpellier had seen one of its fellow citizens at the highest level of the State (François Delmas managed the Environment from 1978 to 1981 in Raymond Barre’s government). Patricia Miralles had been appointed in 2022, and reappointed last February. Her ministerial portfolio could bring her the notoriety and credibility necessary to hope to tickle Michaël Delafosse in 2026. In the Montpellier political landscape devoid of a presence, however sensitive, to the right of the mayor, she could be this other path, beyond the divisive record of Michaël Delafosse and a prolific LFI but labeled far left.

Barely 5,000 votes for Montpellier

Except that Sunday’s results have dampened this ambition. Like a form of life-size referendum. Of the 36 Montpellier polling stations in this first constituency, the EELV Jean-Louis Roumégas, invested by the Union of the Left, made a near grand slam, sweeping 35 of the 36 polling stations. Patricia Miralles came third in 27 of these 36 polling stations, behind Roumégas and even behind the RN candidate, Josyan Oliva. Worse: still only in the Montpellier polling stations, the MP won 19.22% of the votes (5,288 votes), far behind Jean-Louis Roumégas, who achieved a score of 47.64% (13,107 votes). Also outstripped by the extreme right candidate, Josyan Oliva (24.53%). “In two years, things will have changed again, tempers the support of Patricia Miralles who still wants to keep the faith. There will be upheavals.” At this point ?

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