ALÈS Michel Sala and the New Popular Union gather the left and 200 people on Espace Cazot

Michel Sala on the podium. In the foreground, in a checkered shirt, Irène Lebeau (photo François Desmeures / Objectif Gard)

Member of rebellious France and invested, with Irène Lebeau as deputy, of the new popular, ecological and social union (Nupes), the mayor of Saint-Félix-de-Pallières has sided with the suffering people, by firing measures in the new joint program.

Apart from a few local meetings with less prestigious choices, it was not uncommon in recent years, as this Friday night at the Espace Cazot in Alès, for almost all the components of the Alesian left to sit side by side in the same way. platform. The excitement, if it barely exceeded 200 people, even surprised the organizers, who had to add chairs before the speech began.

Last to speak, a V formed between the index and middle fingers, said Michel Sala, after all the others, his pleasure to see all the forces united behind the Nupes banner. He said he was aware “heartbreaker” what the withdrawal of candidacies could have led to “which could have been natural”, like Sylvain André, communist mayor of Cendras, in this same 5th district. Mayor of Saint-Félix-de-Pallières – as he recalled the mine that pollutes the territory for decades to come – he outlined his career, “trade union activist in the banking sector for 40 years” and advise local authorities in this regard. “I am conscious of moving from the management of municipal affairs and cultural heritage to a completely different function”slipped the candidate before emphasizing his desire to “restore the legislature”to introduce a referendum initiative, to establish and regulate “a strict definition of the powers of the President of the Republic”. He promised to put “Implement the necessary social and ecological reforms quickly”and welcomes the fact that the dynamics of Nupes already have “succeeded in evacuating xenophobic superstitions from the election campaign and bringing social and climate emergencies to the fore”for which 300 proposals will be unveiled this weekend nationwide.

The Mayor of La Grand’Combe and the Vice President of the Department, Patrick Malavieille (photo FD / OG)

“Put the interest of the people over our small political parties”

“For several months the working class has been asking us to unite, had launched Sylvain André in the introduction of the speakers. We are here with Michel and Irène to win the parliamentary elections. » Highlight the common features of the PC and Nupes application: “Retirement at age 60 at full rate, minimum wage of € 1,400, price freeze”etc. The mayor of La Grand’Combe, Patrick Malavieille, called on activists and leaders to “Put the interest of the people over our small political parties” and exhorted them to be elected “Put on every claim about its territory: When we talk about health, we must remember the difficulties of the Alès and Ponteils-et-Brésis hospital centers; when we talk about public service, we must stop the settlement of perceptions ”etc.

Arnaud Bord, leader of Gard PS and trade union candidate for the 4th constituency, supports Michel Sala (photo FD / OG)

The green Benjamin Deceuninck, also drawn candidate, called “all environmentalists to take an active part in this campaign”when Sébastien Espagne, from Génération (s), pointed out that his movement had come into being “so that the components of the left and the ecologists talk to each other”. Socialist Anthony Alarcon criticized his party’s elephants “there are very wrong”recalling that the left wing of the National Assembly over the past five years had “agreed on about 80% of the decisions”, while thanking Martin Delord and Katy Guyot for their withdrawal, in the 5th and 2nd constituencies. A withdrawal, which, however, is not worth supporting, in either case. Before departure there was a lot of applause: “We turn to the side of Manuel Valls and the irreconcilable left. And the Holland side, which had started with hatred for finances to end with the El Khomri law and the loss of nationality.” “I found my left, added, in echo, Arnaud Bord, PS candidate for the union in the 4th district. The progressive camp is only on the left. “ added the first federal retiree from office, mocking “neither right nor left” by Emmanuel Macron’s party.

Finally, Irène Lebeau, deputy to Michel Sala and mayor of Dourbies, a trade unionist at the National Forestry Office, expressed in her professional life her sensitivity to environmental issues and recalled the importance of agricultural land in this constituency. “Our job is to be connected to the decisions”she launched, in a formula that included both her role as a substitute and sympathizers.

Francois Desmeures

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