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POLITICS – It was an open secret. This Thursday, July 22, the recently re-elected president of the Île-de-France region Valérie Pécresse confirmed in an interview with Figaro that she intended to run in the 2022 presidential election.
And unlike her former colleague in the governments of Nicolas Sarkozy, Xavier Bertrand, she intends to do this through a primary on the right. “We have a duty of unity and to play collectively, because we need a single candidate from the alliance of the right and the center for the alternation”, she specifies on this subject, assuring that she does not is not “afraid” of this method of designation.
And to put pressure on the president of the Hauts-de-France region, whom she accuses in hollow – if he actually refuses to play the game of the primary – of “depriving the French of the right and the center” of their decision-making power regarding the candidate of their camp for 2022.
“Put the country back in order”
Also announcing that she will travel across France in the summer to “meet French people” and thus “enrich” her project, the president of Libres! therefore says that she is “candidate for the presidency of the Republic to restore French pride”.
“We must break with ten years of bad choices, half-measures, indecision, and ultimately the collapse of our country”, explains in particular Valérie Pécresse in this interview to justify her presidential ambition. “After a five-year term for not much, and I say it with regret, with very few reforms, such as the postponed pensions, lowered and contested authority figures, our flouted laws, abysmal deficits, increased fractures. I want to put the country back in order. ”
In this regard, Valérie Pécresse details some points of her safety program. And in particular a judicial component on the theme of “good justice is rapid justice”, where she explains wanting immediate appearances in the event of flagrante delicto, judgments rendered more quickly and sentences executed “within 3 months”. An objective that it intends to achieve by “putting order in public spending, by hunting down all waste”.
“Women are not here to play number two”
Again in matters of sovereignty, Valérie Pécresse expands at length on the theme of immigration, specifying that she wants to “stop current immigration”. To do this with radical promises such as the obligation to apply for asylum at an embassy or at the French borders, bone tests to prevent “false minors” from entering the territory or even assessments of the level of language to prevent “bogus students”.
“Uncontrolled immigration without integration can disrupt a society”, she proclaims a little later in the interview. This is why Valérie Pécresse also wants to have immigration quotas voted by Parliament each year and prohibit there being more than 30% of social housing in a district, so as to “avoid ghettos and allow social diversity” .
She ends this programmatic presentation with a brief jaunt into the field of ecology. Wanting to make this area “a weapon for growth and employment” rather than a “punishment” or a “block”, Valérie Pécresse lists some measures such as taxes on products from countries that do not respect the standards. in force in the EU, a European player that it sees as central in the fight for the planet.
“Women are not there to play number two”, finally assures the president of the Île-de-France region, still at the Figaro, in response to observers who already see her as a future Prime Minister of Xavier Bertrand or Emmanuel Macron. And to repeat it: “I am ready to be the first woman President of the Republic.”
See also on the HuffPost: Barely re-elected, Bertrand spoke more “to France” than to “Hauts-de-France”
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