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I started watching Baron Noir, a French political TV show following Philippe Rickwaert, a distinguished and ambitious member of the French Socialist Party, and I can't figure what the purpose of his plan in episode 2 of the first season is.

While Rickwaert is on the verge of being defeated in the first round of a local election by a Communist/Green coalition, he organizes an attack to an electoral college in order to invalidate the elections.

The plan is carried out but, in the end, the elections are not invalidated and the results of that electoral college are just delayed and deemed irrelevant, as he wins the elections, but the plot makes it seem that this plan was decisive for this.

Is this true? Was this plan reallly necessary? Or is it just a plot device to show to the viewers how Machiavellian the protagonist is?

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