Guillaume Garot, PS candidate in the regional elections in Pays-de-la-Loire.
F. Brenon / 20Minutes
Guillaume Garot, 54, is a member of Parliament for Mayenne and a former Minister for Agri-food.
He is the nominated candidate of the Socialist Party and the Communists in Pays-de-la-Loire.
Regional elections are scheduled to take place on June 13 and 20.
He gave himself "100 days to help the left win in Pays-de-la-Loire".
While in Nantes on Friday, the socialist candidate Guillaume Garot presented his roadmap in order to “tilt” a regional council chaired by Les Républicains since 2015. “Listen, federate, convince, that will be my method,” announces the deputy mayennais.
Its project, currently being defined, will be enriched with contributions from citizens and opinions from Internet users until the end of April.
The former minister had, however, unveiled the previous days two proposals: free coaches and TER for 18-26 years and journeys at 1 euro for subscribed employees.
He added another on Friday: creation of an "anti-bankruptcy fund" of 200 million euros to "protect jobs and very small businesses".
"Optimistic for the rally"
If he did not tackle the subject himself, Guillaume Garot could not dodge questions concerning the hypothesis of a joint list with Europe Ecologie-Les Verts and his leader Matthieu Orphelin.
The socialist knows that disunity would greatly weaken the left's chances of victory.
“Yes, we have to bring together,” he assures us.
I plead for this gathering.
It has always been our course of action.
We want it from the first round.
I am optimistic and will do anything to make it possible.
»Have discussions already started?
“First of all, our respective systems must be established.
So that we can discuss clearly.
This is the guarantee of efficiency.
And when asked to know if he would be ready to line up behind a head of the environmentalist list, Guillaume Garot is more evasive.
“Me, I was appointed by the members of the PS from five departments.
I have a mandate, I have a responsibility.
Since then, new formations have joined us [PCF, PRG, GDS, etc.], providing support for the candidacy that I am carrying, which is a candidacy for gathering and a candidacy of experience.
Let's go from there and we'll see what the partners have to say.
The mayor of Nantes, Johanna Rolland (PS), wanted to publicly support the Laval candidate, a man who “knows all the regions of the region” and “has the capacity to play together”.
She also defends the idea of a rally with environmentalists.
“It's not always easy, but it's worth it,” she promises.
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Loire-Atlantique and Brittany
In Nantes, Friday, Guillaume Garot reacted to the request for a referendum on the attachment of Loire-Atlantique to Brittany expressed by a petition of 105,000 voters.
"When there is such a will to express oneself, no one can ignore it", commented the deputy from Mayenne.
On the other hand, he did not want to say whether he would make the regional assembly of Pays-de-la-Loire vote a wish in favor of a referendum, as the town hall was able to do recently, for example. from Nantes.
Personally, Guillaume Garot would vote "no" to attaching Loire-Atlantique to Brittany, he said.