Will Jean-Michel Blanquer win his bet?

The former Minister of Education is playing to his political survival in the legislative election. Parachuted into the Loiret, he was the target of attacks by all his opponents in a constituency that put Marine le Pen in the lead in the second round.

Former Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, campaigned in Amilly, in the Loiret. © AFP / Guillaume Souvant

“I’m crazy, he seems real!” Bruno fell into the trap. On Friday, while strolling the shopping street in Montargis, the fifty-year-old met the man he thought was Jean-Michel Blanquer, before realizing it wasn’t real, but a look. EELV activist Nour Durand-Raucher, who became as famous as another minister ten days ago, came to help NUPES candidate, communist Bruno Nottin. A good oil stunt.

EELV printed leaflets criticizing Jean-Michel Blanquer’s balance. “Despite himself, he has become a symbol of the breakdown of the public service (in National Education)” Nour Durant-Raucher explained to the group of journalists who came for the occasion launching anyone who wanted to hear it. “I will do in Montargis what I did in National Education”. “I’m a teacher, and Jean-Michel Blanquer I thank him. During the pandemic, he kept the schools open. It’s a pity that the teacher has Covid, the kids too” an angry activist.

Jean-Michel Blanquer’s double on the streets of Montargis.
Jean-Michel Blanquer’s double on the streets of Montargis. © Maxppp / Ph Lavieille

First campaign in his name for Blanquer

“Hey, he’s my supervising minister!” If he faced some questions about his balance, a few hours earlier, at the Châlette-sur-Loing market, Jean-Michel Blanquer (the real one!) Was instead suffering from lack of fame. Despite five years at the head of the Ministry of National Education, a record, the legislative candidate was not recognized by many people. “I don’t know who it is” confessed Eric, a newly distributed leaflet in hand. Jean-Michel Blanquer, angry at what happened in nature? “No, the French satirical spirit is important. When I defended Charlie Hebdo because I think freedom of expression also includes freedom of ridicule.”

The former minister, on the other hand, was outraged by the parachute trial conducted on him since the announcement of his candidacy. “I want to come here, because it’s important to go to cover territories that are likely to go to the protest vote. (…) No, I wasn’t born here, but that’s not the topic. The topic is what can I contribute? insisted on not being able to vote for him since he was also registered on the electoral list of another department. And Jean-Michel Blanquer to list his priorities, as well as his opponents: fight against the medical desert and for better training of young people in the Loiret.

Jean-Michel Blanquer, the former Minister of National Education and legislative candidate of the Loiret, in Montargis.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, the former Minister of National Education and legislative candidate of the Loiret, in Montargis. © Radio France / Anne Soetemondt

Marine le Pen led the constituency

Also parachuted, he was a candidate in the neighboring department and under another label in 2017, Thomas Ménager, RN candidate, campaigned on behalf of Marine le Pen. The presidential finalist won the second round of the constituency against Emmanuel Macron. What made him a favorite in this election? No. “The first time, I asked myself the question, I wasn’t sure how to move” Yvette explained, sitting a few meters away from the candidate. As with every election, the RN is suspended from mobilizing its voters.

So to convince his supporters to vote on June 12 and 19, Thomas Ménager would have held a third round. “Voters have a choice between Jean-Michel Blanquer, Emmanuel Macron’s balance sheet accountant, and me, supported by Marine le Pen.” His luck? A divided line. Outgoing LR deputy, Jean-Pierre Door hung up his crampons and put Ariel Levy in orbit. Polytechnician, residing in the region “since confinement” he explains, the candidate who stamped LR wanted to believe in his lucky star, despite Valérie Pécresse’s score. “The voters on the right are not lost, we need to find them by talking to them about important issues.”

Facing him, Philippe Moreau, the right-wing dissident candidate, is a locally elected official who could eat up some points. Will Jean-Michel Blanquer succeed in saving his skin in this political equation with multiple causes? “Very open” agreed with the outgoing deputy, Jean-Pierre Door.

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