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Regional: in Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand largely in the lead in front of the National Gathering

Bet won for Xavier Bertrand. According to first estimates, the outgoing president of Hauts-de-France (formerly Les Républicains) came out largely on Sunday evening, June 20, with between 43.1% of the vote, according to the Ipsos-Sopra Steria institute for France Televisions, Radio France and LCP, and 44%, according to Harris Interactive, far ahead of its main rival of the National Rally (RN) Sébastien Chenu.

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The latter, with 23.5% according to Harris or 24.4% according to Ipsos-Sopra Steria, is nearly 20 points less than Marine Le Pen in 2015, while Mr. Bertrand achieves a much higher score, six years later. . “The FN retreated because we have shown that through work, commitment and coherence, politics was not dead, and that it still had a meaning, that of serving to make life better”, he declared in a living room of the Jean-Vilar theater of Saint-Quentin, city of the Aisne where he was elected for twenty years. “Here, we have loosened, to break them, the jaws of the FN, their demagoguery, their sterile proposals, their intolerance, everything that divides. We have given Hauts-de-France pride again ”, he continued.

A snub for LRM

The list led by the ecologist Karima Delli comes in third position with 17.5% of the vote according to the Ipsos-Sopra Steria institute. And this is a snub for the La République en Marche list led by Secretary of State Laurent Pietraszewski, supported by five ministers, three days after Emmanuel Macron’s trip to the Somme and Aisne on Thursday. While the Macronists ambitioned to play the role of kingmakers, by forcing Xavier Bertrand to an agreement, they will not be able to stay in the second round, not passing the 10% mark of the vote.

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Xavier Bertrand announced on Sunday evening that he would submit the same list and the same project for the second round from tomorrow morning to the prefecture of Lille, thus refusing any negotiation, any “Compromise”, as he always repeated during his campaign. If six years ago, he was elected thanks to the votes of the left – the list of the socialist Pierre de Saintignon having withdrawn to his profit by virtue of the republican front -, the president of Hauts-de-France intends to show that he can win alone on Sunday June 27. “Now everyone is faced with their responsibilities, I have taken mine, making the FN my one and only enemy”, he said. With a score much higher than the votes obtained in 2015, it is also the best dam against the RN. An argument that he will not fail to put forward to impose his candidacy on the right for the presidential election.

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