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French Regional Elections: results in the Loire vineyards

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Fr Election result

Overall across France: Droite – UP (blue) : 40,24%
Gauche – PS or UG (purple) : 28,86%
FN : 27,10% (black)
(source: le ministère de l’Intérieur)
58.48% of electorate voted

La Nouvelle Repa

From La Nouvelle République

 

It is fascinating to look at yesterday’s election results across the Loire and, especially, regarding a selection of wine communes.

It is no surprise that as France’s longest river La Loire straddles four of France’s 15 Regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Centre-Val-de-Loire and Pays de la Loire. It could even be five if we include Bretagne. This time the spoils are equally divided with the Right winning Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Pays de la Loire and the Left taking Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Centre-Val-de-Loire.

It is difficult to find patterns here, except long-standing contrasts appear to be confirmed. Sancerre and Pouilly-sur-Loire are clearly separated by more than the Loire. Sancerre is strongly right but with the National Front a distant third. In contrast Pouilly-sur-Loire and its adjacent communes are firmly National Front.

Equally Vouvray and Montlouis, as so often, go their separate ways – Montlouis clearly Left with Vouvray clearly to the Right.

Take the contrast between the communes of Quincy and Brinay – less than six kilometres apart. In Quincy the National Front occupies first place with left in third place. Up the road in Brinay the positions are reversed – Left leading and the National Front in third place.

Or that between Morogues and Menetou-Salon – Morogues strongly left while in Menetou-Salon the National Front were comfortably ahead.

Perhaps the differing voting patterns reflect the diversity of Loire wines!

Voting in French elections is generally comfortably higher than it is in the UK with the high turnout for the Scottish Referendum a notable exception.

Selected communes

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes:

Côtes de Forez
Boën-sur-Lignon: UD: 41.69%, UG: 35.38%, FN: 22.92% Voted: 61.54%

Côte Roannaise
Villemontais: UD: 43.72%, UG: 30.33%, FN: 25.94% Voted: 63.59%
Renaison: UD: 40.04%, UG: 32.83%, FN: 27.13% Voted: 61.79%
Roanne: UD: 54.31%, UG: 31.26%, FN: 14.43% Voted: 63.35%

Côtes d’Auvergne
Châteaugay: UG: 42.73%, UD: 39.34%, FN: 17.94% Voted: 61.05%

Saint-Pourçain
Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule: UD: 44.57%, UG: 34.31%, FN: 21.13% Voted: 55.45%

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté:

Pouilly-sur-Loire
Pouilly-sur-Loire: FN: 38.28%, UD:32.87%, UG: 28.85% Voted: 55.74%
Saint-Andelain: FN: 44.91%, UD:41.75%, UG: 13.33% Voted: 66.67%
Tracy-sur-Loire: FN: 38.28%, UD:32.87%, UG: 28.85% Voted: 61.80%

Coteaux du Giennois
Cosne-sur-Loire: FN: 33.96%, UG: 33.78%, UD:32.26% Voted: 55.74%

Centre-Val-de-Loire:

Sancerre
Sancerre: UD: 53.57%, UG: 25.36%, FN: 21.08% Voted: 63.33%
Bué: UD: 67.55%, FN: 21.81%, UG: 10.64% Voted: 68.68%
Sury-en-Vaux: UD: 43.43%, FN: 31.65%, UG: 24.92% Voted: 59.70%

Menetou-Salon
Morogues: UG: 63.86%, FN: 19.28%, UD: 16.87% Voted: 65.83%
Menetou-Salon: FN: 38.12%, UD: 32.17%, UG: 29.71% Voted: 63.43%

Quincy
Quincy: FN: 42.14%, UD: 29.25%, UG: 28.62% Voted: 53.38%
Bourges: UG: 44.90%, UD: 33.33%, FN: 21.76% Voted: 50.83%
Brinay: UG: 40.68%, UD: 31.86%, FN: 27.46% Voted: 66.59%

Reuilly
Reuilly: UG: 44.61%, UD: 28.22%, FN: 27.17% Voted: 64.78%
Vierzon: UG: 46.48%, FN: 32.09, UD: 21.43% Voted: 52.40%

Châteaumeillant
Châteaumeillant: UG: 37.77%, FN: 32.32%, UD: 29.91% Voted: 60.88%

Touraine
Soings-en-Sologne: FN: 39.97%, UD: 36.45%, UG: 23.58% Voted: 63.75%
Meusnes: FN: 41.47%, UD: 36.31%, UG: 22.22% Voted 63.57%
Mareuil-sur-Cher: FN: 35.65%, UG: 33.14%, UD: 31.21% Voted: 64.52%
Pouillé: FN: 39.64%, UG: 32.48%, UD: 27.88% Voted: 67.10%
Thesée: UG: 35.40%, FN: 33.95%, UD: 30.64% Voted: 59.41%
Montrichard: UD: 38.61%, UG: 32.50%, FN: 28.88% Voted: 63.22%
Saint-Georges-sur-Cher: FN: 34.32%, UD: 34.14%, UG: 31.54% Voted: 64.57%
Epeigné-les-Bois: UD: 36.14%, UG: 32.31%, FN: 31.28% Voted: 69.10%
Chenonceaux: UD: 47.20%, UG: 27.33%, FN: 31.28% Voted: 61.59%
Bléré: UG: 35.89%, UD: 21.43%UD: 21.43%UD: 34.18%, FN: 29.93% Voted: 64.66%

Touraine-Mesland
Mesland: UG: 46.04%, UD: 30.58%, FN: 23.38% Voting: 69.79%

Touraine-Amboise
Amboise: UG: 39.63%, UD: 36.51%, FN: 23.87% Voting: 59.46%

Noble-Joué
Esvres: UG: 43.78%, UD: 31.89%, FN: 24.32% Voting: 63.02%

Montlouis
Montlouis: UG: 49.00%, UD: 2626.6969%, , FN: 24.31% Voted: 58.61%
Saint-Martin-le-Beau: UG: 41.99%, UD: 29.72%, FN: 28.29% Voted: 60.79%

Vouvray
Vouvray: UD: 39.28%, UG: 36.94%, FN: 23.78% Voted: 63.81%
Tours: UG: 48.84%, UD: 32.59%, FN: 18.57% Voted: 54.30%

Touraine Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau: UG: 39.37%, UD: 37.57%, FN: 23.06% Voted: 55.90%

Touraine
Chinon
Chinon: UG: 45.28%, UD: 31.46%, FN: 23.27% Voted: 56.35%
Cravant-les-Coteaux: UD: 47.57%, UG: 28.38%, FN: 24.05% Voted: 61.06%
Panzoult: FN: 36.54%, UD: 34.94%, UG: 28.53% Voted: 68.42%
Ile Bouchard: UD: 36.39%, UG: 31.95%, FN: 31.66% Voted: 58.30%
Sazilly: FN: 41.67%, UG: 31.67%, UD: 26.67% Voted: 58.22%
Ligré: UD: 38.00%, FN: 31.52%, UG: 30.48% Voted: 61.43%
Avoine: UG: 46.46%, FN: 28.47%, UD: 25.07% Voted: 53.61%
Savigny-en-Veron: UG: 40.45%, UD: 30.12%, FN: 29.43% Voted: 55.28%

Bourgueil
Bourgueil: UG: 41.28%, UD: 34.11%, FN: 24.61% Voted: 58.87%
Saint-Patrice: UG: 36.69%, UD: 32.79%, FN: 30.52% Voted: 65.59%
Ingrandes-de-Touraine: FN: 34.18%, UD: 33.45%, UG: 32.36% Voted: 72.28%
Restigné: UD: 34.08%, FN: 33.39%, UG: 32.53% Voted: 59.87%
Benais: UG: 41.69%, FN: 32.90%, UD: 25.71% Voted: 63.39%
La Chapelle-sur-Loire: FN: 40.88%, UG: 30.66%, UD: 28.47% Voted: 60.24%

Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 
Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil: FN: 37.02%, UD: 33.70%, UG: 29.28%  Voted: 62.04%

Pays de la Loire

Saumur and Saumur-Champigny
Saumur: UD: 43.16% UG: 33.37%, FN: 23.46% Voted: 55.42%
Fontevraud-l’Abbaye: UD: 47.57%, UG: 28.38%, FN: 24.05% Voted: 61.06%
Montsoreau: UD: 47.57%, UG: 28.38%, FN: 24.05% Voted: 61.06%
Turquant: UD: 41.11%, FN: 31.23%, UG: 27.67% Voted: 61.36%
Souzay-Champigny: UD: 44.92%, FN: 31.23%, UG: 27.67% Voted: 61.36%
Chacé: UD: 37.48%, FN: 32.43%, UG: 30.09% Voted: 61.54%
Varrains: UD: 45.41%, UG: 30.99%, FN: 23.60% Voted: 61.83%
Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg: UD: 36.94%, FN: 35.88%, UG: 27.18% Voted: 64.30%
Brèze: UD: 36.57%, UG: 32.23%, FN: 23.60% Voted: 61.83%
Le-Puy-Notre-Dame: UD: 38.77%, FN: 36.88%, UG: 24.35% Voted: 53.71%
Doué-la-Fontaine: UD: 45.96%, UG: 29.11%, FN: 28.93% Voted: 54.17%

Anjou and Pays Nantais
The results in Anjou and the Pays Nantais appear to be more predictable. With the Socialists doing best in the large towns – Angers and Nantes, while the right often takes the country districts. Overall the National Front here is less strong than further east. In all but one of the commune selected the FN is in third place and often a distant third. Only in Brem-sur-Mer are they in second place.

Voter participation tends to be down with many communes with less than 60% voting but it is always above 50% – still impressive in comparison to the normal turnout in the UK.

 Pays de la Loire 

Anjou
Angers: UG: 46.56%, UD: 40.71%, FN: 12.73% Voted: 52.39%
Brissac-Quincé:  UD: 45.61%, UG: 38.05%, FN: 16.33% Voted: 54.77%
Martigné-Briand: UD: 43.13%, UG: 29.96%, FN: 26.91% Voted: 54.66%
Thouarcé: UD: 45.12%, UG: 34.43%, FN: 20.45% Voted: 52.68%
Saint-Lambert-du-Lattay: UD: 43.18%, UG: 33.66%, FN: 23.16% Voted: 61.40%
Beaulieu-sur-Layon: UD: 46.83%, UG: 34.86%, FN: 18.31% Voted: 61.40%  Rochefort-sur-Loire: UG: 47.35%, UD: 36.64%, FN: 16.01% Voted: 61.21%
Savennières: UG: 41.65%, UD: 40.81%, FN: 17.54% Voted: 62.74%
Chalonnes: UG: 44.03%, UD: 41.21%, FN: 14.76% Voted: 61.00%

Pays Nantais – Muscadet
Nantes: UG: 54.68%, UD: 36.38%, FN: 8.94% Voted: 55.25%
Ancenis: UD: 43.63%, UG: 41.48%, FN: 14.89% Voted: 56.26%
Vallet: UD: 50.71%, UG: 33.18%, FN: 16.11% Voted: 60.17%
Le Landreau: UD: 44.79%, UG: 36.37%, FN: 18.84% Voted: 55.31%|
La Haie-Fouassier: UG: 47.97%, UD: 38.11%, FN: 13.92% Voted: 60.10%
Bouaye: UG: 49.88%, UD: 36.87%, FN: 13.25% Voted: 63.61%

Fiefs Vendéens
Brem-sur-Mer: UD: 48.57%, FN: 28.14%, UG: 23.29% Voted: 62.53%
Les Sables d’Orlonne: UD: 52.75%, UG: 29.52%, FN: 17.73% Voted: 56.58%
Mareuil-sur-Lay-Dissais: UD: 49.56%, UG: 29.59%, FN: 20.86% Voted: 63.12%


 

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12 réflexions sur “French Regional Elections: results in the Loire vineyards

  1. Is there a correlation between viticulture and despair or rejection of politics? Or does it depend on the price of the wine? Or are winemakers just like any other Frenchmen or Frenchwomen?

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    • Hervé. Need time to consider the results, although it is striking that the FN topped the poll in Pouilly-sur-Loire considering the reputation of Pouilly-Fumé. This may reflect the fact that a significant part of the centre of Pouilly is dead – now a backwater as the town has long been by-passed. The days of Charles Trenet long gone.

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  2. I see that even the presence of mustached foreigners with strange shirts did not boost the FN vote in Epeigné…

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  3. Intersting or just a curiosity Jim? Glad you did this work of compliation but not sure what conclusions we are to draw. Maybe Hervé has the solution and we need to spread the use of Hawaian shirts amongst immigrants. I wouldn’t go as far as beards at the moment, depite the efforts of hipsters, but mustaches might be acceptable.

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    • David I agree difficult to discern a pattern – will be interested to see if a pattern emerges along the rest of the Loire.

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  4. Is it a link between the vote FN with the absence of exports in some AOC ?
    We might sing that more the AOC exports, less interest in seeing borders close, less she would vote FN …

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    • Jocelyn. This is possible but Pouilly-Fumé is widely exported.

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      • Further west – Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil is FN yet the wine sells very well in Paris. Local knowledge probably essential to discern patterns.

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  5. Your last sentence is a marvel: Tours to « Die Alte Antike » … Yes, very much FN indeed!

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  6. Luc. For ever perceptive!

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