“I can’t wait for the third round…” It’s Sunday, 8:01 p.m. in the Mont-Saint-Martin town hall. The verdict of Jean-Luc Sacher, Deputy Mayor, decides the second round of the presidential elections. Like a headless assault on the legislature. The final local results are not yet known, but the first national estimates have fallen: the bets are closed and the centralization office is starting to empty. “Not an exciting election,” said Mayor Serge De Carli when he announced the details of the vote around 8:45 p.m. In his city, the population had led Jean-Luc Mélenchon with 40.75% of the vote.
Fifteen days later, amid the litany of “Macron” and, to a lesser extent, “Le Pen,” an invalid ballot reminds him. “Jean-Luc Mélenchon, President of the self-proclaimed Republic of Mont-Saint-Martin,” reads the somewhat enigmatic custom-made note.
Minus 5% share
Who did the 1,081 voters who elected the People’s Union candidate on April 10 vote for? Some probably didn’t go to the polls… First observation: The turnout has meanwhile dropped from 64.93% (2,701 voters) to 59.32% (2,469). For the record, it was 66.64% in the last Le Pen-Macron duel in 2017. And that with a similar number of registrations: 4,162 today compared to 4,122 five years ago.
And as then, Emmanuel Macron took first place with 61.11% of the votes (1,397). Here, too, with a loss of points: in 2017, the LREM candidate achieved 69.26% (1,703 votes). At Mont-Saint-Martin, the Republican dam holds, but it is losing thickness.
“Gesture fed up” on the plateau
On the other hand, Marine Le Pen won 38.89% of the votes (889) versus 30.74% (756) in 2017. Satisfaction for Serge De Carli: The National Rally’s flagship doesn’t come in the lead just once, in the five Polling stations of Saint-Martin. But in the Plateau district, where the candidate took pole position in the first round (30.75%), she trails Emmanuel Macron by 22 votes.
The mayor interprets it as “a gesture of weariness and lightness. This phenomenon has been on the rise for several years. A message will be sent to us, we must take it seriously. The plateau is a residential area. In particular, the maintenance issues weigh heavily on the lives of the families, some of whom have been there for a long time, and they could feel neglected: problems with mowing, pruning, household waste, etc. Very soon we will have to meet with Batigère, the partner with whom we share the responsibility, to create a range of subjects to discuss…”