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Over the past years, the major electoral development, besides the rise of the extreme-right RN (formerly Front National), is the high score of the French Green party: Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV).

For decades, EELV candidates were elected as junior partners in left wing coalitions, generally headed by the PS who ended up always calling the shots. In the last municipal elections in 2014, Eric Piolle, the EELV candidate, ran against the outgoing PS mayor in Grenoble and won: Grenoble has been the only major French town (with pop. over 100.000) with a Green mayor and Piolle looks like he's sailing to an easy reelection.

Six years later, EELV success in Grenoble might very well be replicated in other major French cities, starting with Lyon (our very own eurogreen is helping), but also Besançon and Strasbourg. In Colmar and Toulouse, a left-wing union list is headed by EELV (and Toulouse may well be retaken from the right). In other cities, like Paris, Lille or Marseille, EELV is running as junior partner with the PS. Like Toulouse, Marseille might flip over to the left.

by Bernard on Sun Jun 28th, 2020 at 03:50:21 PM EST

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