Legislative elections: what happened to the pillars of the Assembly’s defense committee?

Legislative elections: what happened to the pillars of the Assembly’s defense committee?
Legislative elections: what happened to the pillars of the Assembly’s defense committee?

But the most symbolic victory is probably that of Loïc Kervran in the 3th constituency of Cher. The outgoing deputy Renaissance was nevertheless 12 points behind the RN Pierre Gentillet, lawyer and columnist on CNews who had reached 43% in the first round. The potential victory of this pro-Russian profile, creator of the Cercle Pouchkine dedicated to Franco-Russian rapprochement, in a region which concentrates a good part of the French arms factories (MBDA, Nexter…) had worried the industrial and union microcosm of the region.

The Ensemble camp still loses a few feathers, and not the least. The Brest MP Jean-Charles Larsonneur, one of the best experts on military matters in the Assembly, was beaten by the NFP Pierre-Yves Cadalen. Elected En Marche in 2017, the diplomat by training, not invested by the Macron camp in 2022, had won by 200 votes two years ago, to everyone’s surprise. Having moved to Horizons, then non-registered following his vote against the immigration law, the rapporteur of program 144 “Environment and prospective defense policy” (which notably includes the budgets of the DGSE and the DRSD) did not achieve any feat this time, in a three-way race with the RN and NFP won by the left.

Another notable defeat: that of the rapporteur of programme 146 of the budget (equipment and deterrence), Mounir Belhamiti. The latter was beaten by the PS Karim Benbrahim, at the end of a three-way race with the RN in the 1time Loire-Atlantique constituency. Modem Jean-Pierre Cubertafon, vice-president of the defense commission, also lost his seat: he had withdrawn after the first round to block the RN in Dordogne.

Within the other parties, most of the leaders of the defense commission easily imposed themselves. This is the case of LR Jean-Louis Thiériot, re-elected against the RN with 58.5% in the 3th constituency of Seine-et-Marne, and author of several notable reports, such as the one on European defense, co-written with Jean-Charles Larsonneur. This is also the case of Isabelle Santiago (PS) elected in the first round in Val-de-Marne. The two LFI leaders on defense issues, Bastien Lachaud and Aurélien Saintoul, also easily retained their seats, re-elected in the first round, respectively in Seine-Saint-Denis and Hauts-de-Seine.

On the RN side, the time has also come for stability among the defense referents. The deputy of Var and rapporteur of the credits of the air and space force, Frank Giletti, was elected in the first round. The deputy of Moselle Laurent Jacobelli, who was expected to be Minister of the Armed Forces in the event of an RN victory, won in Moselle against the NFP candidate Céline Léger, with 54% of the vote.

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