17 January, 2014

A quadrangular is not unlikely for the Angers second round municipal elections

According to a report dedicated by the French weekly L'Express about the Angers municipal campaign, "For the first time, a quadrangular is predictable for the second round. And the different lists promise that there will be no a merger between the two rounds". The French regulation decides that every list may keep going on the second round after she got 10% of the votes on the first round. In Angers such an hypothesis is likely for Laurent Gérault (Servir Angers), Jean-Luc Rotureau (Autrement) and sure for Frédéric Béatse (Aimer Angers) and Christophe Béchu (Angers Béchu).

So the strategy of each candidates consists in "war takings" before the first round : "the hunt for leading figures is opened", writes the Express. That search in Angers was traditionaly centre oriented. Acccording to the magazine, Mr. Béchu would court Michelle Moreau, former deputy-mayor of the Socialist previous mayor Jean-Claude Antonini. Frédéric Béatse did the same by the recruitment of a law professor, Anthony Taillefait, formerly close to Laurent Gérault the centrist candidate.

But in 2014, writes L'Express, it is not so sure that the elections will be won by the centre. If that looks true for Frédéric Béatse who, in order to offset the rivalvry of Jean-Luc Rotureau, got the support of Europe-Ecologie-Les Verts and the Parti communiste, the other candidates could nervertheless need centrists on their side. Mr. Rotureau convinced serveral little centrist parties to go with him while Christophe Béchu has concluded an alliance with another part of the centre : the Mouvement démocrate (Modem). Those rallyings look to equalize the opportunities of each candidate, but will also exarcerb tensions between them what would make (even if the second round winner will get the majority of the city council seats) more difficult the management of the future Angers assembly.

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