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Carignon managed to take over the local UMP (via ballot stuffing, some say) and get himself nominated as the official UMP candidate in that traditionally right-wing district.

Other local UMP, including incumbent Richard Cazenave, were livid and even went as far as publicly calling for him to be defeated, implicitly endorsing challenger Genevieve Fioriso (PS).

Grenoblois are reputed for their irascibility and they apparently have long memories: when I arrived in Grenoble  more than 10 years ago, "Mayor jailed!" was the main headline.

by Bernard (bernard) on Mon Jun 18th, 2007 at 01:42:04 AM EST
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I've looked at some of the suburb in the 1st district. It contains the posher parts of the suburbs (I Grenoble, unlike most cities, the wealthy live in the NorthEast ; because of the mountains it is where the sun sets latest)

Some of the towns like Meylan or Corenc, socilogical equivalent to the posh suburbs of the Hauts-De-Seine in Paris, used to go 65-35 to the  right wing, yet this time voted 53-47 for the left wing. That's a 20 points turnaround.

The district was really built so that it would be possible to have a right wing deputy in left wing Grenoble, meshing a leftwing quarter of Grenoble with the most right wing parts of the suburbs.

I didn't know about Carignon's ballot stuffing rumors. Wouldn't amaze me.

About irascible Grenoblois, the 2004 cantonale was a fun election : the mairie was starting to build a football stadium in boboland, reducing green areas and teargassing protesters in the meantime. The result was a surprise election of a Green council member, not of a rightwing one...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Mon Jun 18th, 2007 at 05:18:06 AM EST
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