Parisians, Lyonnais and Marseillais want to directly elect their mayor, according to a consultation led by Young People with Macron

This consultation revealed by franceinfo shows that these residents are very largely in favor of voting as in all other cities in France. The presidential majority is working on reforming the voting system in these three cities with a view to the municipal elections of 2026.



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A polling station in Paris (Illustrative photo).  (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Are the inhabitants of Paris, Lyon and Marseille in favor of a more direct election of their mayor? The answer is yes for 93% of Parisians questioned, 93% of Marseillais and 86% of Lyonnais, according to a consultation launched by the JAM, young people with Macron. For 40 years, in these three metropolises, voters have voted for a district or sector list, not directly for the lists of Anne Hidalgo, Benoît Payan or Grégory Doucet, the three mayors currently in office.

The young Macronists went to ask residents the question for 15 days. Of course, it was random in the street with the 653 citizens who agreed to take a few minutes to answer the questionnaire, so it does not have the scientific value of a survey, but it gives an idea of ​​the trend. JAM activists will transmit by the end of the week the detailed results of this consultation to all parliamentarians from the majority in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, as well as to local Macronist elected officials. One way to support the bill that Renaissance deputies are preparing to change the voting method.

In search of a consensus

It is the Paris deputy David Amiel who is in charge of writing the text, and he also consults. There are discussions with local elected officials from all sides. The left-wing mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, has also publicly taken a position in favor of a direct election. The Parisian right is also fully in favor. There have been attempts to reform the so-called “PLM” voting method (for Paris, Lyon, Marseille) for years. The objective is to succeed this time. The Macronists want to submit their bill to the Assembly before the end of December, or at the beginning of next year.

It is not yet very precise because before launching for good, the Macronists want to ensure that they have a majority in the Assembly to vote on this text, so there are discussions with other parliamentary groups to have the broadest possible consensus. One thing is certain, time is running out: the law must be passed in 2024, because there is no question of changing a voting method less than a year before the municipal elections, which will take place in spring 2026.

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