Gérald Darmanin re-elected by a wide margin in the 10th constituency of the North

Gérald Darmanin re-elected by a wide margin in the 10th constituency of the North
Gérald Darmanin re-elected by a wide margin in the 10th constituency of the North

Gérald Darmanin won the 10th constituency of the North by a landslide against the National Rally candidate Bastien Verbrugghe. He had announced his intention to leave the Ministry of the Interior no matter what to return to his seat as a member of parliament.

It’s the end of a cycle this Sunday, July 7, after four years at the Ministry of the Interior – an unprecedented longevity since his mentor, Nicolas Sarkozy. In the event of re-election, “I want to leave the government and sit in the National Assembly,” explained Gérald Darmanin on June 25 on BFM Grand Lille. This is done for the current tenant of Beauvau who largely wins the election in the second round.

“Thank you to all the voters who, after putting me in the lead in the first round, massively re-elected me,” declared the Minister of the Interior on X, a few minutes after the results came in.

Closely followed in the first round by the far-right candidate, he widened the gap this Sunday, July 7. His National Rally (RN) competitor, Bastien Verbrugghe, failed to catch up. However, it is worth noting the strong progress of the party with the flame, which in the 2022 legislative elections, had missed qualifying for the second round.

The transfer of left-wing votes to his candidacy after the withdrawal of the New Popular Front candidate who came in third paid off. “This decision costs me, but we don’t play with people’s lives,” explained Leslie Mostreux on July 2, without calling for a vote for Gérald Darmanin.

Back to the Assembly

A return to the Assembly this time in the opposition for the elected representative from the North, after the failure of the presidential camp to maintain its relative majority and the victory of the NFP (between 175 to 205). A fight that he explained he was ready to lead on June 28 on France Info. “If the opposition wins, it is obvious that I will go, if I am elected, to lead the opposition,” he assured.

Returning to the Assembly to prepare for the future: this is the project of Emmanuel Macron’s very political Minister of the Interior in a nutshell. First appointed to Bercy as Minister of Action and Public Accounts, he joined Beauvau in 2020. Without turning away from Tourcoing and its northern department. The same year, he was re-elected mayor in the first round with more than 60% of the vote. Although he gave up his seat to his deputy, Gérald Darmanin remained a municipal councilor.

In January 2024, he already explained that he wanted to leave the Ministry of the Interior. after the Olympic Games. A project precipitated by the presidential debacle in the European elections of June 9, and the dissolution of the National Assembly decided by Emmanuel Macron. “We must now understand why we were beaten in the European elections, understand that there are things that did not go well,” he explained on BFM Grand Lille.

According to Gérald Darmanin, the best scale to understand the reasons for this failure seems to be that of his 10th constituency in the North.

Figure of Macronie since 2017Gérald Darmanin distanced himself from the executive and the president during these legislative elections. On his campaign poster, no trace of the Renaissance party. After 7 years at the Élysée, the presidential doctrine of “at the same time”, presented in 2017 as overcoming the left-right divide, is no longer relevant.

“France is on the right,” the Minister of the Interior assured Le Figaro on June 23. “There is hope to be rebuilt for the people of the right and the center, analyzed Gérald Darmanin.”

Now in his sights, the 2027 presidential election. “What interests me is no longer looking at what happened in 2017 and 2022. What worries me now is what will happen in 2027,” he confided to Le Figaro in August 2023, on the sidelines of his first political return to Tourcoing.

Today, “we have to prepare for what comes next,” he said on BFM Grand Lille. “At 40, with a bit of experience and a solid base in my area, I think I can make my contribution to this.” The ambitious MP has three years left to prepare for the presidential election, “without doubt the most important elections,” in his words.

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