Second round of municipal : Jeanne Barseghian surprise to Strasbourg - The Point

Arrival at the head in the first round, the candidate EELV Jeanne Barseghian, 39 years old, has resisted the alliance forged by the candidate LREM Alain Fontane

Second round of municipal : Jeanne Barseghian surprise to Strasbourg - The Point

Arrival at the head in the first round, the candidate EELV Jeanne Barseghian, 39 years old, has resisted the alliance forged by the candidate LREM Alain Fontanel with LR to be largely elected on Sunday in Strasbourg, where she will become the first mayor ecologist. In a speech before the press, Jeanne Barseghian said that it was "proud" of his victory and "aware of the work "waiting" in the service of Strasbourg ".

According to estimates by Ipsos-Sopra Steria, Jeanne Barseghian has held 42.5% of the vote, compared to 34.3% for Alain Fontanel, 51 years of age, who has, therefore, failed to bring to the presidential party, a decision which seemed to him, however promised on the paper. As in the first round, the former mayor of Strasbourg and a former minister of Culture Catherine Trautmann finished third, with 23.2% of the vote, according to these same estimates.

A specialist in environmental law "little known"

"The scale and sharpness of the victory is surprising," commented hot-the political scientist of the locals, Richard Kleinschmager. "All the prognosticators" who gave the list LREM-LR winner in the face of Jeanne Barseghian, yet " little known ", " are deceived. There was a blast in the first round, which was confirmed in the second ", he estimated.

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Dauphin appointed by the outgoing mayor Roland Ries of which he was the first assistant, Alain Fontanel was arrived in second position on the 16 of march, at eight points of Jeanne Barseghian (20 % vs. 28 %), but had recovered in the saddle and at the last moment alliance with the candidate LR Jean-Philippe Vetter, 40 years.

With the 18 % harvested by Jean-Philippe Vetter, the common list, which was leaning, however, to the right, émargeait mathematically to 38 %, enough to allow the two men to consider the second round with optimism. But their campaign, which focused on the crisis of the post-Covid around the economy and support to traders, does not appear to have convinced voters. Weakened for several weeks by a Covid particularly virulent, Jeanne Barseghian has developed during his campaign of his " pact for a sustainable local economy ", pointing the "coalition anticlimat" represented in it by his opponents LREM/LR.

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Yet, in spite of his score promising the first round, Jeanne Barseghian, a specialist in environmental law for 39 years little known to the general public, seemed to have missed the boat by failing to find an agreement with Catherine Trautmann : the negotiations had foundered on the presidency of the Eurometropolis, which is claimed by Catherine Trautmann, but as the head of the list ecologist had refused to yield.

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Updated Date: 28 June 2020, 20:33

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