Alliances between LR and Renaissance in Hauts-de-Seine

14 June 2024 / Interviews

In a strategic move for the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7, a local agreement was established between members of the Republicans (LR) and officials of the presidential camp in Hauts-de-Seine. This agreement mainly aims to “block the extremes of the right and the left”. Among the main signatories are Gabriel Attal, Prime Minister, candidate for Vanves, and Stéphane Séjourné, Minister of Foreign Affairs and new candidate for Boulogne-Billancourt, as well as the leader of the Renaissance party.

The signatories of the agreement, including Gabriel Attal for Renaissance, the departmental leaders of the Democratic Movement (MoDem), Horizons, the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), and LR, as well as the president of Hauts- de-Seine, Georges Siffredi, declared in a press release: “We have decided, to block the extremes of the right and the left, to create a republican arc”.

This strategic partnership aims to preserve nine Macronist seats and that of LR deputy Philippe Juvin, by refraining from opposing each other in the first round and by supporting each other in the second round. In this department, stronghold of the presidential camp and the moderate right, three constituencies out of thirteen, currently held by the left, are also up for grabs.

Gabriel Attal defended this “non-aggression pact” during a trip to La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, stressing that “local elected officials meet” and that it benefits from the support of “elected or former elected officials of the left socialist” as well as “elected or former LR elected officials”. He added that this type of alliance is found in many territories.

Following the surprise dissolution of the National Assembly, Emmanuel Macron encouraged his supporters to build a “project federation” with opponents from the left and right deemed “constructive” to continue to govern. However, this local rapprochement provoked contrasting reactions on the right. Éric Ciotti, contested president of LR and supporter of an alliance with the National Rally (RN), criticized this agreement, declaring that “the masks are falling”. On the other hand, the anti-Ciotti leadership of LR maintains a line of “independence” and has promised to present candidates, even against Attal and Séjourné. François-Xavier Bellamy, responsible for party governance, ensured clear opposition to Emmanuel Macron.