Valérie Pécresse and her campaign threaten the political future of LR

Valérie Pécresse during the “great debate on values”, organized by the weekly Current values ​​at the Dôme de Paris, on March 22, 2022.

They were only missing that. Like a physical sign, the carnal incarnation of a presidential campaign that is definitely coming to a halt. Thursday March 24, Valérie Pécresse, the right-wing candidate in the presidential election, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The champion of the Les Républicains (LR) party is doing well and has, according to those around her, only mild symptoms. But his campaign, she still takes a hit in the wing, two weeks before the first round, on April 10.

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Isolation rules oblige, Valérie Pécresse had to cancel her program for the next few days. If she managed to maintain the France 2 program “Elysée 2022” Thursday evening, which she attended by videoconference, in a smaller format, her trips to Bordeaux and Provence, Friday and Saturday, were canceled. The public meeting scheduled for Friday evening should be maintained, but ensured by its campaign manager, Patrick Stefanini, and lawyer Thibault de Montbrial, both specialists in security and immigration issues.

A missed appointment for Valérie Pécresse, like the last three months, where the candidate has continued to decline in opinion polls. To the point that, now, it is quite simply the political future of LR which is engaged in the event of defeat. For the right-wing party, the finding is all the harsher since executives, voters and elected officials believed in it at the start of the campaign.

In fifth place

December 2021: Valérie Pécresse is appointed after an internal competition which saw her face several LR tenors for the presidential nomination. Very quickly, the returns are good, the polls in good shape. On the right, we start talking about “mouse hole”, capable of thwarting the much-rehashed scenario of a second round between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. Perhaps even the outgoing President of the Republic, candidate for re-election, is he catchable? The party would then be saved from the extinction that awaits it. Because, on the right, the cause is heard: a third failure in the presidential election and the party would be on the ground, a second elimination before the first round, as in 2017, and it would be in danger of death. Alas, the dreaded scenario is happening under the bewildered eyes of executives and activists.

Valérie Pécresse is today given 10.5% of voting intentions in the Ipsos-Sopra Steria survey in partnership with Cevipof and the Jean Jaurès Foundation for The world. Additional humiliation, she is in fifth position, behind Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Eric Zemmour, thus becoming a “small” candidate.

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