It is a heavyweight of La République en Marche which has just fallen. The boss of the deputies of the presidential party, Christophe Castaner, was beaten in the second round of the legislative elections, Sunday June 19, in the 2e constituency of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, facing the “rebellious” candidate of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), Léo Walter. The latter won 51.49% of the vote, against 48.51% for the former interior minister.
In the first round, Mr. Castaner took the lead with 30.16% of the vote against 29.3% for Mr. Walter, while the left left very divided. The candidate of the National Rally (RN), Aurélie Abeille, finished third with 23.31% of the vote.
In between the two towers, Mr. Castaner was also the target of the mayor RN of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, who had said to keep his defeat. “There are cases where our electorate will wonder, for example against Mr. Castaner, I do think that there are National Rally voters in his constituency who will think twice, who, perhaps, even by holding their noses, will vote against Mr. Castaner “he then added, denouncing “the worst interior minister, the most arrogant, the most sectarian man”.
Context different from 2017
In 2017, Mr. Castaner crushed the competition in this constituency in the first round, with 44.04% of the vote, ahead of Léo Walter, then candidate for La France insoumise (16.55%). He won in the second round against the latter, with 61.57% of the vote. At the time, he had obtained the breath effect of the election of Emmanuel Macron, who had won in the second round more than 60% of the votes in the constituency, against Marine Le Pen. The context is different this year in this territory, since the outgoing president was only a very short head ahead of his rival, with barely more than half of the votes cast (50.67%).
Christophe Castaner, 56, was elected in this constituency for the first time in 2012, under the colors of the Socialist Party, and re-elected in 2017 under those of La République en Marche (LRM). Minister of the Interior from October 2018 to July 2020, he was implicated in particular for the operations of maintaining order during the demonstrations of “yellow vests”. He was also responsible for organizing the first confinement and health restrictions at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.
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