Came in first with 40.50% of the vote in the first round, Olivier Véran was re-elected deputy this Sunday in the 1st constituency of Isère. He won 67.46% of the votes cast against the young Nupes candidate, Salomé Robin, 19, who only won 32.54% of the votes.
The Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament and Democratic Life will therefore be able to keep his place in the government.
In the event of defeat, he should have resigned, like the 14 other members of the government running in these legislative elections – including the first of them, Elisabeth Borne. Elected, Olivier Véran will give up his place in the hemicycle to his alternate, Servane Hugues.
A favorable constituency
His tenure as Minister of Health and his popularity may have played into his re-election. The 1st constituency of Isère also voted overwhelmingly in favor of Emmanuel Macron during the second round of the presidential election. The Head of State won 79.05% of the vote there.
The neurologist also benefited from good local anchorage. First elected in 2012 under the colors of the PS as a substitute for Geneviève Fioraso, Olivier Véran had sat in the hemicycle between 2012 and 2015, when she was in government as minister then as secretary of state in charge of the Higher Education.
In June 2017, he was elected deputy under the LREM label, with more than 68% of the vote against the LR / UDI candidate. He was appointed Minister of Health by Edouard Philippe in February 2020, replacing Agnès Buzyn, at the very start of the Covid-19 pandemic. He then became an essential figure in the executive.
During the presidential campaign, Olivier Véran had also represented the majority during the only national debate organized on France 2. He had come under crossfire from the right and the left.
The score in the first round of the legislative elections nevertheless remains tight: Salomé Robin collected only 4 points less than the minister (36.86% of the vote). On France 3, she indicated to welcome the second round “very serenely”.