Romainmôtier, a political exception – Le Temps

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The word that always comes up is “snuggled up”. Romainmôtier is a town – its some 550 inhabitants hold to this term – which remains nestled in the hollow of the first foothills of the Jura, enveloped by the Nozon river which flows from Vaulion. But do not stop only at the picturesque, at the holy beauty of the place born in the 5th century, at the medieval nest posed in the fragile light against a background of mysterious forest. In “snuggled up” is also the resistance of Romainmôtier. Something that has always made it an almost discreet place, although admired far and wide, strong in its independence, where one does not behave like elsewhere. Thus, in this northern Vaud Jura which over time has become a stronghold of a UDC still marked by its agricultural origins, those of Romainmôtier appear as bizarre exceptions on the regional electoral map. As if beauty, craftsmanship, the link with Heaven, keystones of the narrative of local history, could also lead to political consequences.

Left-wing sensitivity

Because the village born of the monastery founded by Romain de Condat fifteen centuries ago often appears as one of the three Swiss municipalities most marked on the left during electoral analyzes. During the last day of voting, it more than 80% accepted the initiative for responsible multinationals, positioning it as the leading city in Vaud in its favor. However, the district of Jura Nord Vaudois is the region of the canton which has the most agrarian voters. UDC national councilor Jacques Nicolet who comes from Lignerolle, 10 kilometers north of Romainmôtier, estimates that 20% of the members of the cantonal party come from the surrounding area. Is there a desire to win over these diehard leftists electorally? “No,” replied the parliamentarian, “its inhabitants are of a different sensibility, surely lulled by the history of this Cluniac site, they do not defend agricultural positions like us.”