Guillaume Garot (PS) and Matthieu Orphelin (EELV) will make a joint list in the second round to challenge outgoing president Christelle Mor Anglais (LR).
The environmental candidate for the regional in the Pays de la Loire, Matthieu Orphelin, formalized on Sunday the alliance with the socialist Guillaume Garot in the second round while the two men arrive behind the outgoing president Christelle Morancais (LR), according to the first estimates .
«As of this evening, as we announced, we will concretize our gathering. From tomorrow we will form a single team, a single team which will mobilize all week to convince and seek victory», Declared Mr. Orphelin in Nantes.
The two left-wing candidates far outstripped by the outgoing president
«The battle for the climate, the battle for social justice, the battle for sustainable employment, it will be won next Sunday», Continued the deputy who had made an alliance with the rebels in the first round.
According to a first estimate from the Ipsos / Sopra Steria polling institute, Matthieu Orphelin would win 18.4% of the vote and Guillaume Garrot also 18.4%, far behind outgoing President Les Républicains Christelle Mor Anglais (34.1%).
«Tonight, we are doing here in Pays de la Loire, the best environmentalist and citizen score in France, but nothing is settled, there is a week left for the people of the left and environmentalists to mobilize even stronger», Assured Matthieu Orphelin.
In 2015, the Pays de la Loire region had shifted to the right after two terms of socialist Jacques Auxiette.
Bruno Retailleau, who ceded his post mid-term to Christelle Morancais because of the law on the non-accumulation of mandates, had won by 42.70% against the left list of Christophe Clergeau and his 37, 56%.