French political party lists cat as local candidate

A French political party has presented a cat as one of its candidates in an imminent municipal election in Rennes, Brittany.

25 February 2020
Sadly, the cat will not be elected even it it wins the elections in Rennes [Photo for illustration only]
By Connexion journalist

Left-wing party La France Insoumise announced the cat on its municipal “Rennes en commun” election list, as a means of raising awareness of animal welfare issues.

Félix Boullanger, co-director of the municipal campaign in the Ille-et-Vilaine city, said the list would “highlight a subject that has not been seen much in this campaign: the animal condition”.

The symbolic gesture was supported by animal welfare campaigners L214 Éthique & Animaux.

In a statement, they said: “[This is intended to raise awareness and provided] a dedicated campaign for animal protection, to increase the percentage of vegetable protein used in communal food, to support the national ban on circuses that keep wild animals...and support a policy that would sterilise stray cats”.

The cat, who is named Rec (for “Rennes en commun”) - but who will take on a human pseudonym for the election - is not at risk of being elected, however.

Mr Boullanger admitted: “This is a symbolic candidature...Even if the cat gets 99.99% in the elections, it won’t be elected.”

The municipal elections are set to take place in Rennes on March 15 and 22.

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