"Not a single vote" must be given to the National Rally in the 58 duels that will oppose Lepenist party and New People's Ecological and Social Union Nupes in the second round legislative elections. This was urged Monday, June 13, 2013 by Olivia Gregoire, RTL government spokeswoman.
She argued that the amount of these 50 duels was only 10% of the overall image of the second round.
However, RN-Nupes made it clear that there was not one voice for the National Rally in these cases. "We have never been unable to be clear on this subject [...], not voting for a closing project for a project we don't consider good for our country," said the minister the next day. A first round in which both the outgoing majority and Together! The Nupes and the Nupes are equal in play.
She spoke of the 50 shades of Nupes that make up the alliance of leftists. "Of socialists, ecologists and radical LFIs" she said.
"Does that mean we should support the candidates with anti-republican positions and the candidates with deputies who have been convicted for throwing stones at police?" She clarified that it was not the case. Olivia Gregoire added, "So when we say "case by case", it's really on very few cases – it's counted only on one hand - so we will actually rely upon the will of citizens."
LREM's assertion that it would not issue national instructions but would "on a case by case basis" in constituencies where RN or Nupes candidates are opposed, because some candidates of the united Left would be "extreme", had sparked a lot of controversy on Sunday night. Yannick Jadot, an ecologist, and others were deemed "scandalous".
After being asked by communist Fabien Russel for clarification, Elisabeth Borne, Prime Minister, tweeted the following evening: "Faced to the far right, will always support candidates that respect republican values." She clarified, "Our line is never to give a voice the far right."
All the results from the first round are available here:
More to come...