At the LR debate, the candidates in a hurry to diversify their speech


For their third debate, will the Republicans change the subject?

POLITICS – Candidates for the presidency … or for Place Beauvau? This is what teasing minds might ask after the first two debates which pitted the five right-wing contenders for the nomination The Republicans, so much they were swallowed up by the sovereign subjects.

According to a count of Release, Valérie Pécresse, Michel Barnier, Xavier Bertrand, Philippe Juvin and Éric Ciotti devoted nearly an hour to the theme of immigration on the set of BFMTV, on November 14, and exchanged 48 minutes on that of security. Questions related to ecological transition have been overlooked.

Three hours of discussions in total, for proposals with a “hard straight” tendency, similar to those formulated during the first round, six days earlier on LCI. To the great regret of some, even within the Gaullist family. What will happen for the third debate, organized this Sunday, November 21 on Cnews and Europe 1?

What a shame not to talk about issues of health, culture, or educationAnnie Genevard, number 2 of the Republicans

One thing is certain: beyond the left, very critical of the content of the discussions, several respected figures on the right have urged their candidates to be heard on other subjects.

“What a shame not to talk about issues of health, culture, or education”, lamented the number 2 of Republicans, Annie Genevard, Saturday, during the National Council of Republicans, pointing, above all, to the programming made by the news channels to maneuver for the first two episodes. “We also have things to say” on these issues, she insisted, so the various contenders took their grand oral in front of the party’s “parliament”.

Before her, it was the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher who played this same little music. If he does not “regret as it is” this focus, on the first two broadcasts, the tenor of the right took advantage of a passage on Public Senate, Tuesday, November 16, to urge his colleagues to diversify their speech: “ But we will have to talk about health, we will have to talk about local authorities, an extremely important issue which is housing, we will have to talk about the challenge of our overseas … ”. “All these subjects, for those who will determine themselves, who are entering the presidential campaign, it is important to see”, he insisted.

More offensive, the deputy and former minister Eric Woerth evoked, the next day, a “disproportionate place” taken by the themes linked to national identity, security and immigration in this internal race. Asked by the association of parliamentary journalists, the president of the finance committee in the Assembly, estimated that the contenders should give their “vision” of France by 2030 and go “beyond the questions that their pose ”the media. All to go beyond the influence of Eric Zemmour on the public debate.

The old LR hit hard

Because this is the problem for Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Guest of franceinfo on Wednesday, the former Prime Minister of Jacques Chirac estimated that his former fellow travelers “are radicalized” with the breakthrough of the far-right polemicist, condemned for incitement to hatred.

“It is certain that Zemmour has set up a dialectic which is a return to this old right which was Pétainiste, that the Le Pen family had put aside a little it is true that it can seduce certain voters of the republican right ”, Thus explained the former head of government, who had called to vote for the list of the presidential majority in the last European ones. “Everyone is radicalizing a little and looking for the most determined electorate, the most right-wing, who will decide on the candidate, while then we have to bring together the French to be able to win”, according to him.

An analysis shared, in harsher terms, by the current Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin, excluded from the Republicans in 2017 before joining La République en Marche. He criticizes in particular the members of his former party for stalling their steps “not on those of their fathers, but on the footsteps of the extreme right”.

“When no one disputes the theory of the great replacement, it is the opposite of Gaullism. When they come to organize debates to know whether or not they should work with Eric Zemmour who says that Marshal Pétain was a good guy, that the first names of the French have to be changed, it is the opposite of the Republican right. ! ”, Lists the tenant of Place Beauvau, in an interview published this Sunday, November 21 in the columns of Parisian, for whom his former LR “is no longer a governing party.”

Any themes on the program of the debate organized by Cnews? Not necessarily. “We didn’t want to repeat exactly what was done”, explained Laurence Ferrari during the week, one of the two presenters at work for this third round, “adjusted according to the first debates.” Good news.

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