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2024 parliamentary elections: New Popular Front “could mean four left-wing deputies in the Dordogne”

The PS, LFI, PC and EELV announced on Monday, June 10, that they will unite for the parliamentary elections. Each party will field only one candidate per electoral district. This agreement has pleased the voters of these parties in the Dordogne, especially in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, a left-wing stronghold.

Sitting on a bench next to a church in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (Dordogne), Jean-Michel is discussing the new Popular Front with friends. “I have been waiting for this for a long time,” says the retiree, referring to the agreement concluded between the Socialist Party (PS), the French Insubordination Party (LFI), the Communist Party (PC) and the Ecologists (EELV) for the parliamentary elections. The four parties agreed on the idea of ​​fielding only one candidate per electoral district to oppose the National Coalition on Monday, June 10, the day after the dissolution of the National Assembly.

The PS, LFI, PC and EELV announced on Monday, June 10, that they will unite for the parliamentary elections. Each party will field only one candidate per constituency. This agreement has pleased voters in the Dordogne, especially in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, a left-wing stronghold.

Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the rare municipalities in the Dordogne where Raphaël Glücksmann’s socialist list came first in the European elections.

Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the rare municipalities in the Dordogne where Raphaël Glücksmann’s socialist list came first in the European elections.

Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is one of the rare municipalities in the Dordogne where Raphaël Glücksmann’s socialist list came first in the European elections.

Sitting on a bench next to a church in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère (Dordogne), Jean-Michel discusses the new Popular Front with friends. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said the retiree, referring to the agreement concluded for the parliamentary elections between the Socialist Party (PS), the French Insubordination Party (LFI), the Communist Party (PC) and the Environmentalists (EELV). The four parties agreed on the plan to field only one candidate per constituency to oppose the National Rally on Monday, June 10, the day after the National Assembly was dissolved.

In the village of Saint-Léon, the votes of the PS (23%), LFI (15%), EELV (11%) and PC (6%) lists combined give the Left more than 50% against the Europeans. Together with the surrounding municipalities, it is one of the few places in the Dordogne where Raphaël Glücksmann’s list outperforms Jordan Bardella’s. Left-wing voters who gathered on Tuesday, June 11, are happy to announce the new Popular Front.
Do not repeat the situation in the 2022 parliamentary elections

“I think that in the Dordogne, if the Nupes agreement works out better than last time, we could have four left-wing deputies. It has done so in the past and I hope it will happen again,” continues Jean-Michel, who voted for the Communist Party in the European Parliamentary elections on Sunday, June 9. The retired teacher has bad memories of the 2022 parliamentary elections in the Dordogne. The Socialists distanced themselves from Nupes and fielded anti-establishment candidates in each constituency, as Nupes did not nominate a socialist candidate in the Dordogne.

Luc, a lifelong socialist, hopes that this time will be different, but is a bit doubtful. “Oh, we’ll see. I’m a bit of a Saint Thomas,” laughs the retiree, as he unloads his big black dog from the trunk of his car. I believe that the intention of the words is noble. And I hope that egos will be overcome for one fight.

“It’s a pity that this happens when we are in a difficult position”

Behind the counter in the tea room, Eveline serves tourists. She has tried several political parties, but always on the left. Last Sunday, she voted for the Communist Party for the first time. “It would be better if they stood together, but it would have been nice if they had done so before, but it’s a pity that it happens when we are really in a difficult position,” she says sadly. No matter who the candidate is and what the policies are, Eveline will vote for the Popular Front. But she is already thinking about what’s next and hopes that the coalition will survive after the elections, if there are any.

The outgoing members of parliament from Nupes, LFI member Pascal Martin in the 1st district and Generation member Sébastien Peitavi in ​​the 4th district, have expressed their intention to run again, but have not yet made an official announcement. It remains to be seen what will happen in the other two districts. The local socialist party is waiting for a meeting of the party’s central and federal authorities.

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