a defeat, debts and disagreements

“Hard, hard”, loose a participant in the strategic council of the Republicans (LR). The Gaullist party could hardly find itself in a worse situation. Less than 5% in the presidential election, the third lost in a row, the second without being present in the second round. But above all an incredible humiliation. Valérie Pécresse (4.78%) is behind Eric Zemmour (7.07%). Detailed in number of votes, the finding is even more cruel: 1.6 million votes is 5 million votes lost in five years and 10 million compared to Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007.


How in these conditions can the LR party survive? Because it’s really about survival. Political survival and financial survival.

First the finances: Valérie Pécresse appealed for help on Monday. Less than 5% of the votes does not mean that there will be no reimbursement of campaign expenses by the State. As a result, Valérie Pécresse is in debt of 5 million euros on her name. Activists are invited to take out the checkbook.

Return of “neither nor”

Then, politics and the second round of the presidential election. The political office voted a motion half-goat half-cabbage. In short, the “neither nor”. “The Republicans are neither fungible in macronism nor in lepenism. There is another way: that of the republican right which must exist by itself to avoid immobility, laxity and the decline of France for five years, ”indicates the text, each word of which had to be weighed.

Translation by Christian Jacob, President LR: “Some will choose to vote white and others will put a Macron ballot to counter Marine Le Pen. This will be my case”.

LRs in clinical death?

Guillaume Larrivé, deputy for Yonne, voted against this motion, as did Gil Averous, the mayor of Châteauroux and chairman of the committee of mayors, who immediately announced that he was leaving his post at LR. Both were in favor of an agreement with Emmanuel Macron.

Others are on the same line but don’t say a word. The goal is to stand up while waiting for the legislative elections to save what can be saved, and in particular the funding that goes with the number of deputies. But Gilles Platret, mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône and supporter of a right-wing line, has put his feet in the dish and asks the annoying question: “Can we have a party with a right-wing line and a more centrist line? ? The UMP renamed LR is clinically dead.

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