“There is no past. There is only the present, the future”

“There is no past. There is only the present, the future”
“There is no past. There is only the present, the future”

Thursday morning, market day in Monsempron-Libos (47). In the foothills of the Massif Central, between the vegetables, poultry, flowers and carts pushed by a large majority of white heads, a familiar face. He wanders around, umbrella in hand, after disappearing from radar for some time. Ten years. “Hey hello!” Can I kiss you? » Jérôme Cahuzac finds the Fumélois and its inhabitants. “As if it were yesterday,” he likes to repeat over and over again. “You are finally back…” breathes a passerby, her eyes sparkling in front of the legislative candidate who opportunely turns towards the journalists. “Did you hear what that lady said?” »

The former Budget Minister has forgotten nothing about the workings of an electoral campaign. He distributes smiles and handshakes, almost as if he had never left… Almost. “I’m not very happy,” says Martine to the staff of local elected officials who are accompanying her. “He still lied in front of millions of people. We no longer have confidence in politics because of this kind of behavior. But hey, I will still vote for him. » Her neighbor and nevertheless friend twists her nose: “Don’t you think there are others who have done worse? He paid for everyone. » Atmosphere at the market. Cahuzac divides.


In Blanquefort-sur-Briolance, stronghold of his deputy Sophie Gargowitsch, the welcome is more reserved.

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“Complicity”

In the minds of certain residents of the third district of Lot-et-Garonne, Cahuzac is not the former Minister of the Budget who defrauded the tax authorities and who lied to the national representation. He is the former deputy mayor of Villeneuve, who worked for his constituency. “It’s certain, he’s going to save the territory,” says Annie, a member of his support committee, without moderation. “He will continue the work he started. Besides, look at his program. Absolutely everything concerns the territory. » Only difference: in his heyday, Jérôme Cahuzac sat in the majority, was president of the Finance Commission and consequently benefited from a significant parliamentary budget…

“I think they are like me,” analyzes the candidate. “The complicity and understanding are the same as those that existed a few years ago… Forgive me, but there is no past. There is only the present, the future. » Talking about the past precisely, “it’s without me”, he insists. At the slightest question about his conviction, he becomes very angry. “I won’t answer. » The questions remain despite everything. “A teacher must have a clean criminal record to practice, but not an MP? I don’t understand,” says a trader.

” No comment “

At the heart of this hilly landscape, marked by the vestiges of a heavy industrial past, many former metalworkers from the Fumel factory live there. Philippe, 70, is among them. “The asbestos plan [ndlr, qui a indemnisé les travailleurs de l’usine exposés à ce produit], it’s thanks to the unions but also to Jérôme Cahuzac. For sure, I will vote for him.” Other projects are added to the factory’s asbestos plan. “If there is a hospital in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, it’s thanks to him. The RN 21 is him too,” say Annie, Serge, Christine and Jean-Jacques together.

“He’s not short of air. If there is a lack of confidence in politics, it is because of this type of character. The rise of the RN too »

A few kilometers away, in Blanquefort-sur-Briolance, stronghold of her deputy Sophie Gargowitsch, the welcome is a little less warm… “I won’t comment… But I have confidence in Sophie”, comments a shopkeeper on the market of this small village. Others, who dared not say anything in front of the septuagenarian, are much sharper once he turns his heels. “He’s not short of air. He’s part of the problem. Not the solution. If there is a lack of confidence in politics, it is because of this type of character. The rise of the RN, too,” breathes this resident of Blanquefort. “I already know who I’m going to vote for in the first round. On the other hand, if there is an RN-Cahuzac face-to-face in the second round, I will not travel. »

“Reputation as pro-Macron”

In this Fumélois valley, Jordan Bardella’s party came well ahead in the European elections. “I only have one opponent in reality: the RN,” repeats Jérôme Cahuzac who, like his deputy, wants to swing the constituency back to the left. Finally, “center left”. “If you are elected, which group will you join in the Assembly? », questions Martine, curious. “I will not sit with the extremes,” replies the one who already sees himself at the Palais Bourbon. “I hope that there will be groups between these two extremes that will be formed, including one on the center left. »


Opinions differ on the Monsempron market.

Loïc Déquier/SO

And his proximity to the President of the Republic? Here again, Martine questions herself. “Many people give you a reputation as pro-Macron…” “It’s not an insult. He is a Democrat, the proof, he gives a voice to the people, he is a Republican. We can discuss without agreeing… On the other hand, Macron doesn’t know it, but it’s over for him,” mocks the ghost who assures that in the event of a triangular, he will withdraw if he comes in third position. “In the first round, we choose. In the second, we eliminate. »

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