More divided than ever, the Republicans make their return to La Baule

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The right-wing party must choose a new leader in a month and a half but remains marked by defeats and divisions.

The World with AFP Posted today at 07:53, updated at 09:26

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Christian Jacob, candidate for the presidency of the Republicans (LR), will speak Saturday, August 31 in La Baule, like his competitors, Julien Aubert and Guillaume Larrivé.
Christian Jacob, candidate for the presidency of the Republicans (LR), will speak Saturday, August 31 in La Baule, like his competitors, Julien Aubert and Guillaume Larrivé. ROMAIN LAFABREGUE / AFP

The defeat in the presidential then Europeans, departures – mainly to the majority – divisions … Republicans can still overcome all this? In search of a leader and a cap, the right-wing party makes its return, Saturday, August 31, in La Baule (Loire-Atlantique).

Republicans must choose a new leader on October 12, four months after the resignation of Laurent Wauquiez, pushed to the exit by the poor score recorded in the European (8.48%). But, symbol of its bursting at six months of the municipal, the party of right makes its return in dipersé order.

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Wauquiez and Peltier absent

M. Wauquiez will not come to La Baule. The president of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region will make his return, purely local, in his corner and in all discretion. He will lunch Sunday with elected officials of Haute-Loire and did not invite the press for the traditional ascent of Mount Mezenc.

Other absent: the first vice-president of LR, Guillaume Peltier, who has renounced to seek the head of LR on behalf of "Unity". He prepares his return in October, eyes now turned to the presidential election of 2022.

The acting president of LR, Jean Leonetti, asked the contenders to head the party to leave their presidential ambitions aside to better devote themselves to the reconstruction of the party, at the risk of weakening this internal vote that does not fascinate activists .

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The three candidates for the presidency of LR, Julien Aubert, Christian Jacob and Guillaume Larrivé.
The three candidates for the presidency of LR, Julien Aubert, Christian Jacob and Guillaume Larrivé. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT, PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP

The three deputies running for president of the party – the favorite Christian Jacob, the sovereignist, Julien Aubert and their more liberal colleague, Guillaume Larrivé – will make a speech on Saturday. Other words expected: that of the Senate Speaker, Gerard Larcher, who travels France mayors to rebuild a party "Right and center" before a big convention on October 10th. And that of the leader of senators LR and host of the event, Bruno Retailleau, who also abandoned the idea of ​​leading the party to avoid a new "War of the leaders".

A "red line" for municipal

Christian Jacob launched his campaign Tuesday as a rally, under the eyes of the two brothers on the French Riviera, the deputy of Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti and the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi. He called on activists to "Going out (of) small chapels"even if they thrive.

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Christian Estrosi hosted Friday in Nice his movement, The Bold France. Former members of LR or the center, who had expressed their support for the government in June, met on the same day in Angers around the mayor, Christophe Béchu.

While elected and activists of LR are tempted to make agreements with En Marche in view of municipal, the secretary general of the party, Annie Genevard, recalled the " Red line " of the party: no alliances likely to "Confuse" or to make LR lose his majority in the Senate.

On Sunday, the representatives of the territories dear to LR, Hervé Morin (regions), former minister François Baroin (mayors) and Dominique Bussereau (departments) will meet at the apple festival in the Eure, alongside Mr. Larcher .

Pécresse makes his return to Brive

But the eyes will turn especially to Valerie Pécresse, who slammed the door of the party and rallies his supporters on Saturday in Brive, Corrèze. The president of the Ile-de-France region wants to tackle "Blind spots" Emmanuel Macron as territories or the decline in public spending. But the bridges with LR are not cut completely.

"I respect his decision (to have left LR) but I think we still have a history and a common political space to rebuild"said Gerard Larcher, in a video message broadcast at the meeting of return of Ms. Pécresse. "I also know that we will be united and united with our candidates for the next municipal elections. "

In an interview Friday at Parisian, Mrs. Pécresse felt that Gérard Larcher, who wants to rebuild a party "Right and center", had "The good vision: we will all have to gather. At some point, we will all be together ».



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