In the shadow of the regional elections, the departmental elections follow the same trajectory: taking advantage of a strong abstention, the incumbents remain largely at the head of the departments on Sunday June 27. The right even succeeds in a few coups.
The traditional right strengthens its positions
The right is performing well in its strongholds, and even some historic takes. It thus tilts the Puy-de-Dôme, where it has conquered several cantons traditionally acquired by the left, which has run the department for more than twenty years. This bastion of the left has only known two alternations to the right since 1945: between 1973 and 1976, then between 1992 and 1998. The right is thus on the way to securing the presidency of all the departments of Auvergne-Rhône- Alps, after having also snatched a favorable, although still uncertain, situation in Ardèche.
After having conquered the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, socialists for twenty-three years, the right is close to the grand slam in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, finishing tied in the Vaucluse, where the balance of the departmental council depends on a single pair of elected officials. The right will also keep the six departments of the Center-Val de Loire, but it has however declined a little in the two most populated departments, Indre-et-Loire and Loiret.
In the Val-d’Oise, the right and center candidates were clearly ahead of a left party in dispersed order, and without a local leader. The outgoing president, Marie-Christine Cavecchi (Les Républicains, LR), whose pair offers a large victory in the canton of Franconville, should therefore logically keep her chair.
The Grand-Est remains the preserve of the right, which has won eight of the nine departments in the region, Meurthe-et-Moselle once again remaining the only exception: it remains in the hands of the left.
Finally, in Ile-de-France, unsurprisingly, the right has retained Hauts-de-Seine and Yvelines. In this last department, the challenge was, for the president of the departmental council Pierre Bédier, a figure of the local right, to know if he was still going to succeed in the “grand slam” as in 2015, when his list won in all the cantons. It’s done, he claimed in the evening. In Essonne, taken from the right to the left in 2015, the duel was tighter, but the figures on Sunday evening suggested a victory for the right.
The Socialist Party and the left remain well established locally
Despite the retreat of the Socialist Party (PS) on the national scene, the left-wing party and its allies maintained most of their positions. This is the status quo in Occitania: 12 of the 13 departments, including those of Pyrénées-Orientales and Gard, where the National Rally (RN) had ambitions, remain on the left (only Aveyron retains its status of historic right-wing land). In Brittany, the Côtes-d’Armor veer largely to the left.
In New Aquitaine, the left retained the five departmental councils it held and won in Charente by the smallest of the margins (one canton), the right retaining six departments. In the largest and most populous of the twelve departments, Gironde, the left has even strengthened its majority, as in Landes and Haute-Vienne.
In Seine-Saint-Denis, the left, which had united in the first round to counter its right and center opponents, is strengthening its positions after several ballots marked by a slight erosion. At the helm of the department since 2012, Stéphane Troussel (PS) has once again easily won in his stronghold of La Courneuve.
In addition, the fate of Seine-Maritime, a department chaired by an elected La République en Marche (LRM), is likely to switch back to the left: everything will depend on the choice of a centrist adviser who wants to be independent.
The National Rally in sharp decline
The left (Union de la gauche, various left, PS) triumphs in Pas-de-Calais, where it is however a debacle for the RN: defeated in three of the six cantons won in 2015, it retains only six elected. The boss of the far-right party, Marine Le Pen, and her partner, the mayor of Hénin-Beaumont, Steeve Briois, were thus elected departmental councilors there with a score of 59.7%, ahead of the various left-wing pair ( 40.3%). Same fate in Aisne, Oise and Somme, where the far right had recorded victories in 2015 and where it came out empty-handed this time, thus posting a net decline in the whole of Hauts-de-France. -France.
In the south, the National Rally also loses some cantons gleaned in 2015, in the Var, the Gard and the Hérault. In Perpignan, the city of Louis Aliot, the party fails to transform the test of the first round: in the lead in five cantons on Sunday evening June 20, it ultimately does not win any. Finally, Nord-Médoc, in Gironde, swings to the left.
The Communist Party loses its last department
Political earthquake in the Val-de-Marne, in the hands of the French Communist Party (PCF) since 1976: the right-wing list led by Olivier Capitanio won ahead of the left-wing alliance led by the communist Christian Favier, which made part, in a press release, of its “deep sadness”. “It’s a historic event”rejoiced Olivier Capitanio.
Since the loss of Allier in the 2015 elections, Val-de-Marne was the last department run by the Communists, thanks to an alliance with left-wing forces. During the municipal elections of 2020, the Communists had already lost the historic strongholds of Champigny-sur-Marne, Choisy-le-Roi or even Valenton. Sunday, the two cantons of Champigny and that of Choisy were taken from the right to the left.