The shadow of Xavier Bertrand will hover over his former party. The Republicans are meeting this Tuesday around several potential candidates of the right in the presidential election of 2022. The objective is to reach an agreement before the poll. But, first problem, the president of the Hauts-de-France region will not be part of the game and this lone rider makes the right cringe.
In order to see more clearly on the strategies of each one, the president of LR Christian Jacob, the president of the Senate Gérard Larcher and the mayor of Antibes Jean Leonetti, who was in charge of a mission on the “process of gathering” potential candidates in 2022, will therefore host this meeting from 3 pm in a Parisian hotel “behind closed doors”. His location was not disclosed to the press.
Michel Barnier advocates unity
The right has “a duty of unity”. “No one would forgive us for the disunity and none of us would come out unscathed,” warned on Europe 1 on Monday the former Brexit negotiator and possible contender in 2022 Michel Barnier. He will also be present at the meeting. Also expected are the leader of senators LR Bruno Retailleau, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region Laurent Wauquiez and the mayor of La Garenne-Colombes (Hauts-de-Seine) Philippe Juvin, all LR, as well as the president from the Ile-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, who left LR.
“It’s a first step, a first contact. This is not a decision-making meeting “, one specifies in the entourage of Christian Jacob who, for his part, will meet Xavier Bertrand” in the days to come “. The president of Hauts-de-France refused to participate in the meeting, his entourage recalling that he did not want to be a candidate for a primary. On the other hand Valérie Pécresse, Laurent Wauquiez and Bruno Retailleau claim it.
The September 25 deadline
Tuesday’s meeting was agreed “so that we can talk to each other, and that’s positive. This shows that there is a will to unite, ”commented Bruno Retailleau.
The party has set September 25 as the deadline for reaching an agreement. If this optimistic hypothesis does not materialize, a congress will decide in the fall of a tie-breaking process, despite the reluctance of management on the primary.
Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.
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