- This Saturday, the party Republicans holds its summer university in La Baule (Loire-Atlantique).
- Between divisions and departures, the party heir to the UMP is looking for a leader.
- Favorite at the station, Christian Jacob calls the militants to "go out (of) small chapels"
A return in disorganized order and without leader. Party members Republicans hold their summer university this Saturday in
La Baule (Loire-Atlantique) to try to revive their organization that takes water from all sides.
The party heir to the UMP, which brought to power Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, is without a leader since the resignation to this position of Laurent Wauquiez following the debacle in the European elections at the end of May (8.48%). The leader of the LR deputies and favorite at the post Christian Jacob,
presented himself as a convener, calling on the activists to "go out (from) small chapels" to build a "cathedral" of alternation.
Except that many will miss the call. The president of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region will not come to La Baule. Desiring to devote himself "200% to his region", he will have lunch Sunday with local officials of Haute-Loire. Another great absent, the president of the Ile-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, who slammed the door. The number two party Guillaume Peltier, who abandoned the idea of a candidacy, will not be there either, his eyes now turned to the presidential 2022.
The temptation LREM
Acting President of the Jean Leonetti party saw "proof" of unity in the presence Tuesday at the same meeting of the enemy brothers of the French Riviera: the security Eric Ciotti, deputy and president of the powerful federation of Alpes-Maritimes , and the moderate or even "Macron-compatible" Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi. Christian Jacob promised in Nice morning of
"Settle" this conflict if he becomes head of LR, recalling that "the rule is that the outgoing candidates are reinvested", which would favor Estrosi.
But the former minister Jacques Chirac has again warned elected officials and activists tempted by agreements with the ruling party En Marche, or other formations. Like the 72 former elected officials of LR or the center who had expressed in June their support for the government. With such alliances, LR may lose its majority in the Senate and the departmental and regional elections in 2021, warned Christian Jacob. LR is counting on these local elections, failing to win the national polls for seven years.
Federate beyond LR
Another candidate, the Vaucluse sovereignty deputy Julien Aubert, criticizes him the "lack of clarity" of Christian Jacob, wishing to rebuild a party "right", and not "right and center" as will Gérard Larcher, who will open the prom speeches this Saturday.
The Senate Speaker does not hide his desire to federate beyond LR including the starters. To do this, he undertook to travel around France with thematic conventions based on the network of mayors. His initiative is to lead to a major convention on October 10, two days before the election of the new party president. Another word awaited, that of the chairman of the LR group in the Senate, Bruno Retailleau, who has renounced to seek the head of the party to avoid a new "war chiefs".