The move needed support from 3/5 of the elected representatives to be approved. Afterwards, two more favourable votes —one in the Regional Council of Brittany and another one in the Regional Council of Pays de la Loire, to which Loire Atlantique belongs— would have been required.
The vote in the Departmental Council followed a request by more than 100,000 people, driven by Bretagne Réunie association, for the assembly to organize a popular consultation on the issue. The group holds that Loire Atlantique belongs to Brittany from a historical and cultural point of view, and demands that the NOTRe Act be used to modify current borders.
But Council President Philippe Grosvalet had ruled out a consultation organized by Loire Atlantique itself. On the contrary, Grosvalet has sent a letter to Emmanuel Macron is which he asks the French president to deliver a State-sponsored referendum. The Departmental Council has approved a similar petition, with 55 votes for and 3 against.