Renaud Muselier and Martine Val, during a visit by the Prime Minister to Salon-de-Provence. June 9, 2023. NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP
Martine Val is strong from a poll that would place her at the top of the personalities likely to make a good mayor. Renaud Muselier proposes an alliance.
Three years after losing Marseille, the right of the South-East is already thinking of dethroning Benoît Payan. The left-wing mayor was elected in 2020 in the wind of a tactical “Marseille Spring”, but also by taking advantage of the divisions on the right. The regional president Renaud Muselier, ex-LR ped in the camp of the presidential party Renaissanceis one of the first to scrap today against this municipal left. “Everyone shares the same diagnosis: it’s a disaster. This “Marseille Spring” has been a decline, nothing comes out of it mid-term, and it’s the right time to react. We can add up skills and share the same observation that nothing is going well in Marseille as a first step,” he defends.
The elected official swears not to be himself a candidate for mayor of Marseille but wants to demonstrate that his “gathering method” will be the most effective way to return Marseille to the right. This method, he maintains, had allowed him to retain the presidency of the region in 2021. He…