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Republicans split over post-election strategy

Valérie Pecresse and Bruno Retailleau, president of the Les Républicains group in the Senate, at the Maison de la Chimie, in Paris, on March 31, 2022.

Politics is sometimes also a matter of geology. When the cracks that split a continent outcrop, they often end up causing a break. In the Les Républicains (LR) party, these flaws were brought to light by a forum in support of Valérie Pécresse, published on Wednesday March 30 in the columns of the Figaro.

Proposed by the deputy of Eure-et-Loir Olivier Marleix, anxious to silence the rumors of a rallying of LR deputies to Emmanuel Macron the day after the first round of the presidential election, the text was the subject of lively debates and drawn a dividing line within the group in the National Assembly. The first, in the wake of Marleix, wish to clearly affirm the autonomy of LR, which they do not think is soluble in “macronism” and intend to clearly mark their difference with the head of state and his policy. The latter, on the other hand, judged Olivier Marleix’s text too severe vis-à-vis Emmanuel Macron, and not enough vis-à-vis the two far-right candidates, Marine Le Pen (Rassemblement national ) and Eric Zemmour (Reconquest!). The former accusing the latter of wanting to spare the hypothesis of future rallies, within the framework of a hypothetical coalition of government. Atmosphere.

Called to the rescue, the group president, Damien Abad, proposed another version, subject to amendments, wisely titled “We, LR deputies, call on the French to vote for Valérie Pécresse”. The deputy of Ain judged, with others, that the first version proposed recorded the defeat of Valérie Pécresse and projected itself prematurely into the debates on the future of LR. ” Dear colleagues. How is it so complicated to affirm quietly and serenely, in one sentence in the gallery, that neither Valérie Pécresse’s project nor ourselves are compatible with Emmanuel Macron? », annoyed the deputy of Bas-Rhin Patrick Hetzel, in view of the dissension. In the end, Mr. Abad’s version prevailed.

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“Lively, well-argued discussions, there are every day in all human groups, it’s even healthy”, argues the elected Doubs Annie Genevard. Nevertheless, this semantic dispute comes as the right, on the verge of suffering a third defeat in a row in the presidential election, if we are to believe the polls, is worried about its survival. Unable to find its way, the party is caught between Emmanuel Macron, on one side, and the far right, on the other.

A line always blurred

At the LR group, where they could be the first to suffer the effects of this new setback, we wonder for the future five-year term: will we have to keep the same strategy of frank opposition or get closer to Emmanuel Macron? Others, whom some accuse of eyeing the side of Eric Zemmour, are ready to assume a more right-wing line.

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