On June 20 and 27, let's make the departmental elections that matter

People queue to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 in tents set up at the foot of residential buildings in a housing estate in Noisy-le-Sec, in Seine-Saint-Denis north-east of Paris, May 7, 2021 (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

The political-media debate is almost exclusively focused on the regional elections, themselves considered by too many candidates as the dress rehearsal of the presidential election.

However, there will be two separate elections on June 20 and 27: regional elections and departmental elections.

I regret this putting under the democratic bushel, as if our democracy so tired and deafened by hysterical and deleterious debates struggled to leave the gutter to make room for two elections at the same time. The République en Marche has also made the choice of this impasse: never has a party ruling France been so disinterested in this local suffrage (less than 10% of En Marche candidates). Further proof of its very centralizing tendency, “Jupiterian” and only turned towards the presidential election of 2022.

Communities of solidarity par excellence, the Departments have acted, often on the front line, to protect the inhabitants.

However, the Departments exercise essential and concrete missions: the maintenance and construction of secondary schools, maternal and child protection, the inclusion of the elderly and people with disabilities, the support of the most vulnerable, the integration of the most vulnerable. away from employment.

Rarely will skills have been so resonant with the challenges posed by the crisis we are going through.

Collectivities of solidarity par excellence, the Departments have acted, often on the front line, to protect the inhabitants. The local state authorities were also happy to find such committed partners. In Seine-Saint-Denis, a territory so hard hit from the start of the crisis, the Department and its agents were on all fronts. They provided masks and meals; they went to the most isolated and the most fragile; they fought against the digital divide; they participated in the vaccination; they supported the vital forces of the territory, companies or associations. The departmental public service has distinguished itself by its solidity, its responsiveness and its spirit of initiative.

In this context, the departmental elections are an opportunity for the left to affirm loud and clear its values, its vision of society, its proposals. At a time when solidarity is strangely absent from the national democratic debate, we must demonstrate that the left and environmentalists, particularly when they know how to unite as in Seine-Saint-Denis, have serious and new solutions to to propose.

No, the right and the left do not offer the same model of society.

Solidarity is the marker of the left, it must remember it and assume it. It is no coincidence that the only two departments which manage nurseries in Île-de-France are on the left. It is no coincidence that, in Seine-Saint-Denis, we take care of 1,700 unaccompanied foreign minors, with a structure specifically responsible for helping them, when, in Hauts-de-Seine, it is almost impossible to ” get an appointment for these young people, who come up against a closed counter almost 24 hours a day.

It is no coincidence that we are proposing to create an Observatory for equality and against discrimination.

No coincidence either that it is the Left Departments which alone propose to remedy this French absurdity which deprives the most precarious young people of solidarity on the pretext that they are under 25 years old. Yes, we offer a young RSA accompanied by reinforced support, when the right, which sees in solidarity only a disguised assistantship, proposes that the beneficiaries of the RSA “work for free”, and when the government attacks young people and the precarious by a devastating unemployment insurance reform. I am at the head of the youngest Department in mainland France: it is time that we take care of this youth who is nothing less than the future of our entire country.

It is also on the left that we are betting on a more peaceful, greener society, where everyone will live better. We want to create places of urban ecology, green our territories, renovate administrative buildings and housing to contribute to the fight against climate change. This remains a decisive difference in the face of a straight line and a macronie entangled in models of the last century. In Seine-Saint-Denis, we want to go further by creating an ecological transition income in order to promote sustainable and local jobs. Ecology and economy are not irreconcilable, quite the contrary.

Our compass is finally and always the fight for equal rights. Between women and men first; and it is no coincidence that it was in Seine-Saint-Denis that the first departmental observatory of violence against women was born in 2002, which has since inspired so many national systems. It is no coincidence that we propose to create, on the same model, an Observatory for equality and against discrimination. Because we defend respect for the values ​​of the Republic, but we do so by also defending the rights that the republican promise carries: Marianne is not one-legged.

I am at the head of the youngest Department in mainland France: it is time that we take care of this youth who is nothing less than the future of our entire country.

Make no mistake about it. The left has everything to gain from assuming its values ​​because they correspond to an expectation: it will gain a credible project, it will gain in rallying, it will gain an audience with the French who hope for major proposals for a stronger economy, for a fairer society, for a greener France.

On June 20 and 27, voters will have a choice to weigh on their daily lives and the future of the country. I call on all those who do not recognize themselves in the violent and disgusting debate that is raging on social media to seize the opportunity given to them, by the departmental elections, to put the useful left back to heart. of the debate.

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