Bruno Retailleau candidate for the presidency of LR against Éric Ciotti

NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES The boss of the LR senators has formalized his candidacy to run for the post of president of the Republicans.

NURPHOTO VIA GETTY IMAGES

The boss of the LR senators has formalized his candidacy to run for the post of president of the Republicans.

POLITICS – The match is restarted at Les Républicains. Without real surprise, the boss of senators LR Bruno Retailleau announced this Friday, September 2, his candidacy for the head of the Republicans, underlining in Le Figaro on “ability to federate” on a line “popular and patriotic”.

“I will be a candidate for the presidency of the Republicans” because in the absence of Laurent Wauquiez “many asked me to introduce myself”says the senator from Vendée whose candidacy seemed imminent for a few days. “With the militants, I want to build this great right-wing, popular and patriotic party, which France lacks today”he adds.

Assuring to have “always sought to bring together”he specifies that he is not “candidate versus no one”notably not Éric Ciotti and Aurélien Pradié who “all legitimacy to present themselves”. All three will participate in the LR youth campus this weekend in Angers.

Most “this election must not turn into a face-to-face between two camps that would play one-upmanship” car “in our weak state, a frontal impact could break us”he warns.

Facing him, only Éric Ciotti, the mayor of Orléans Serge Grouard and the former assistant of Alain Juppé in Bordeaux, Virginie Calmels have formalized their candidacy at this time, even if the latter has since seen her candidacy invalidated (which she continues to argue). Aurélien Pradié, secretary general of LR, has still not announced that he is a candidate, despite a – practically – non-existent suspense on his desire to join the race for the head of the party.

A candidacy for the party, not for the country

“The ability of a leader is not only measured by his authority, but also by his ability to federate”adds Bruno Retailleau who has garnered support in recent days: Gérard Larcher, François-Xavier Bellamy and Othman Nasrou (who have both given up running), and even Senator Stéphane Le Rudulier, yet former spokesperson for Éric Ciotti during the primary.

On his lines of thought, he evokes a “complete change” of the education system and pleads for “more security, less taxes and immigration” with a referendum on this last point “so that the French people reclaim this existential question”.

Bruno Retailleau suggests that he will keep the head of the group in the Senate if he is elected president of LR on December 3, a combination “not only compatible but desirable” whereas “Parliament returns to the center of public debate” : it is according to him “a guarantee of coherence and clarity”. And if he judges ” common sense “ not to do “systematic obstruction”he assures: “we will never be macronists”.

Et “I will always reach out to the voters of Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour because I will never resign myself to the fact that sincerely right-wing French people have left us”he adds.

His election would not automatically mean a presidential candidacy, assures Bruno Retailleau: “I am a candidate to rebuild my party, not to preside over the country”.

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