Ms. de Laurenie, who is running for re-election and campaigning in Saint-Paul-Troy Chateau, a small town south of Drom, said it would be a “close contest” between her and Ms. Pushon.
He attacked the Left Alliance for its economic platform, saying it was unrealistic and criticizing the coalition’s plans to phase out nuclear energy.
Instead, he demonstrated how to obtain an additional reactor for the local nuclear power plant, as part of Mr. Macron’s ambitious plans to build 14 new generation reactors.
“Anti-nuclear is a complete perversion,” said Jean-Paul Sagnar, a 72-year-old retiree, as he made his way through the market’s vegetable stalls. He added that Mr Macron’s platform was “the most economically sensible.”