Roanne is a medium-sized town in the south-east of France, and one of those places which rarely makes the news. Politically, too, nothing very much out of the ordinary takes place here. Its 33,000 residents vote in line with national trends. Indeed, in 2017 the local vote almost exactly mirrored the national result in the presidential election, right down to an almost identical turnout rate. At the presidential election last year the voting changed a little. The townsfolk voted in slightly greater numbers for Emmanuel Macron, and the far-right gained ground. As for the radical left La France Insoumise (LFI), its share of the vote remained stable and relatively low. In the 2022 Parliamentary elections Ismaël Stevenson, the LFI candidate representing the broad leftwing coalition NUPES, did not make it beyond the first round of voting.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.