POLITICS – An opening figure preferred to an elected historic canal. Tried to lead the National Rally list in regional elections in Occitania, former UMP deputy Jean-Paul Garraud was confirmed on Tuesday February 23 by the executive office of the far-right party.
Former support of François Fillon in the first round of the 2017 presidential election, the MEP was preferred to the mayor of Beaucaire (Gard) Julien Sanchez, who however never missed an opportunity to stand up against the current socialist president Carole Delga.
The defector from the right notably received the support of the mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot, for whom he had mobilized during the municipal elections, with the objective of campaigning beyond the only RN label. “His opinion counts”, according to a senior executive of the LePéniste party quoted by AFP.
Former magistrate, Jean-Paul Garraud is the main author of the RN’s counter-proposal on separatism. He was also rapporteur for the law of 2010 which prohibits the concealment of the face in public space, as with the full veil. This candidacy makes it possible in particular to rally the mayor of Béziers Robert Ménard, fervent supporter of the “union of the rights”, who had thought of running with the LR mayor of Montauban, Brigitte Barèges, recently sentenced to five years of ineligibility.
Sanchez’s “local implantation” was not enough
RN spokesperson Julien Sanchez, mayor of Beaucaire for 7 years and president of the RN group in the region, was also a candidate to lead the RN list, arguing his “local presence” and his “legitimacy as the main opponent” to Carole Delga. Several elected representatives of the regional council had sent a letter to the party’s authorities to defend his candidacy.
On February 10, the RN had already announced the investiture in the Grand Est of the former activist of Debout la France, Laurent Jacobelli, who became the party’s spokesperson.
Former Sarkozy Minister Thierry Mariani, elected RN MEP, is approached in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, RN stronghold, where he will face his former friend of LR, outgoing president Renaud Muselier. The number two of the party, Jordan Bardella, could invest himself in Île-de-France, land of conquest, where he did not intend to run before changing his mind.
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