Ségolène Royal fails to be elected senator for French people living abroad – RT en français
The ex-minister collected only 11 votes, finishing last in the ballot to renew six of the seats of the senators of French people living abroad. She once again deplored “the strategy of division” of the PS, which refused her his nomination.
Failed for Ségolène Royal. The former socialist minister, who presented himself without a label, was beaten on September 26 during the election of senators representing the French abroad. Six seats were to be filled, in a proportional representation that had been postponed a year ago due to the health crisis. And among the ten candidates in the running, Ségolène Royal came in last position, with a total of 11 votes out of 533 registered.
Ségolène Royal, to whom the PS had refused the nomination in favor of Yan Chantrel (who was elected), expressed his “disappointment” to AFP, but said she did not regret having taken part in “An important campaign” which allowed him to “take the measure of the degradation of the image of France internationally”. Deploring “the strategy of division” of the PS, the former candidate for the 2007 presidential election announced that she was going to transform her association Désirs de France into a political party.
Parachuting “rejected” by the French abroad, according to Hélène Conway-Mouret
“We are a democratic party in which there was a long debate in which four candidates presented themselves. And according to what each one was able to bring, also according to the choice of the militants of the French from abroad, the choice was to invest Yan Chantrel, had justified at the beginning of September the boss of the PS Olivier Faure on Public Senate. Ségolène Royal then spoke of “unnecessary humiliation”.
For her part, the Socialist senator of the French abroad Hélène Conway-Mouret argued on the parliamentary channel: “The French abroad form a somewhat isolated island, where people come together, all know each other, like that. is the case in hexagonal or overseas federations ”, adding that consequently“ parachuting [avait] always been rejected ”.
Regarding the remainder of the September 26 ballot, two outgoing parties were re-elected: Christophe-André Frassa (LR) and Olivier Cadic (centrist). Former Senator LR Jean-Pierre Bansard was also elected on the right, whose election in 2017 was canceled by the Constitutional Council.
On the left, the socialist group therefore retains its seat despite the division, with the election of Yan Chantrel. The environmental leader Mélanie Vogel is also entering the upper house, dominated by the right, according to the results communicated by the candidates at the end of the ballot.
Finally, the list of the presidential majority party, led by LREM deputy Samantha Cazebonne, also obtained a seat. The six elected senators will take office on October 1, 2021. Their mandate, expiring on September 30, 2026, is therefore exceptionally reduced to five years.