15 November, 2013

Angers centrists at the core of divisions

Laurent Gérault, the centrist candidate to the 2014 municipal elections doesn't give up. After he was criticized last week by the Angers sections of the Mouvement démocrate (Modem) and the Parti radical which both choose to join Christophe Béchu, Union pour un mouvement populaire (Ump), Mr Gérault nevertheless got the support of several, but rather little centrist movements. The Alliance centriste, the Convention démocrate, the Fédération européenne démocrate, the Nouveau centre and the Parti libéral démocrate, all of them are members of the Union des démocrates indépendants (Udi), the parti Mr. Gérault is the delegate in Maine-et-Loire.

For the centrists, the main problem is the division of their family. That one is illustrated in Angers by the respective choices of the Modem and the Udi regarding the municipal elections, the first supporting Christophe Béchu and the second having choosen Laurent Gérault as candidate. Even if Mr Gérault unveiled some of the main principals of his municipal policy if he is elected, these difficult conditions could make difficult the writing of detailed proposals something more complicated.

This division between Modem and Udi in Maine-et-Loire looks to be specific and contrary to the union these two movements recently built at the national level under the title L'alternative. Until now, nothing has been done locally which would allow a better understading between the tow centrist components. But things may change towards improvement or deterioration. Currently, centrists are far from being central in the Angers political landscape.

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