Segolene Royal may have been able to hide her disappointment but in the Socialist, and anti-Sarkozy, stronghold of Clichy-sous-Bois they were hard pressed to do the same as the result became known. The majority of residents had voted for Royal.
“I am so disappointed,” said one woman. “I expected her to come through but she didn’t.”
Local people had gathered to watch the result in the headquarters of the “Stop the Fire” association, set up after the riots in Clichy-sous-Bois in 2005.
“They let us speak,” said one man. “We went to vote. That permitted us to express ourselves. Today I cannot see in the name of what people should go out and burn cars. But tomorrow, if this government doesn’t talk to us it could happen.”
Nicolas Sarkozy has a tough job ahead in Clichy-sous-Bois. As hardline Interior Minister when two youths died running away from police, he demanded tougher, not more sympathetic, policing. Later he labelled troublesome elements in the suburb as “scum”.