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in Saint-Denis, the autumn of the Communist Occasion

CAMILLE MILLERAND / DIVERGENCE FOR "THE WORLD"

By Christophe Ayad

Posted at present at 12:06 p.m., up to date at 12:20 p.m.

It was unhappy as a burial in time of Covid-19: in small committee and with out ceremony. For the primary time, there was no election evening within the corridor on the primary flooring of Saint-Denis Metropolis Corridor on Sunday June 28, the night of the second spherical of the municipal elections. Well being protocol obliges. The room, too massive and adorned with frescoes illustrating the revolutionary calendar, was all of the extra gloomy. On 9 Messidor An CCXXVIII, slightly after 10 p.m., Laurent Russier, 47, stepped ahead like a condemned man on the scaffold and browse his press launch in a monotonous voice: the Communist mayor acknowledged his massive defeat in opposition to the socialist Mathieu Hanotin (59.04% of the votes), whereas reluctantly emphasizing that his opponent was "Essentially the most poorly elected mayor in eighty years" due to a very excessive abstention (67.48%).

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Russier, child face framed by skinny glasses, continues to settle accounts regretting "The division of our majority", an allusion to the separate listing of "rebels" within the first spherical, on March 15. For him, this rider alone stays the principle reason behind his failure. Whereas the outgoing mayor proclaims that he’ll proceed the political struggle, his operating mates show a defeated look. Solely a deputy from Seine-Saint-Denis, Stéphane Peu, got here to symbolize the excessive authorities of the Communist Occasion (PC). Patrick Braouezec, former deputy and mayor, left with out ready for the outcomes to be introduced. An worker of the city corridor is on the verge of tears: "And once more, I've solely been working right here for 9 years. However for some, it’s their entire life, the household. " "The" get together, as a result of there has lengthy been just one in Saint-Denis. The city corridor was its cathedral, erected reverse the basilica the place the kings of France are buried.

in Saint-Denis, the autumn of the Communist Occasion

It due to this fact belonged to Laurent Russier, born on 1er Might, to bury the PCF in Saint-Denis. Town is among the final the place he has reigned uninterruptedly since 1944. From the Liberation to at present, solely 5 mayors have succeeded each other: the primary, the coachbuilder Auguste Gillot, remained in energy for twenty-seven years; his successor, Marcelin Berthelot, reigned for 20 years (1971-1991), earlier than placing into orbit Patrick Braouezec, who transmitted the witness to Didier Paillard throughout his mandate, in 2004. In 2016, additionally throughout his mandate, this the latter resigned in favor of Laurent Russier. In truth, this story of outstanding longevity started in 1920, when the mayor of SFIO, Gaston Philippe, selected the PCF after the Excursions congress. Weren’t the interlude from 1934 to 1937 when Jacques Doriot, dissident of the PCF, grew to become fascist, and the interval of the Occupation, it’s a century of communist management which has simply resulted in Saint-Denis. Dangerous information by no means coming alone, Aubervilliers, one other stronghold of the "crimson belt", handed proper the identical night.

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