The five candidates for the LR nomination for the presidential election met on Saturday in front of the National Council of Republicans, a sort of party parliament, to defend their program there ten days before Congress which will appoint their candidate.
On the stage of the Palais des congrès d’Issy-les-Moulineaux where they were to speak in turn, Michel Barnier, Xavier Bertrand, Valérie Pécresse, Philippe Juvin and Eric Ciotti took a family photo before presenting their program before the National Council, which brings together elected officials and local party officials.
This great oral is “the only time when all the candidates are gathered to respond directly to those who will campaign afterwards”, underlined the number 2 of the party, Annie Genevard.
An exercise “very different but completely complementary” to that of the televised debates, which have especially privileged the regal and the purchasing power until now. “What a pity not to talk about questions of health, culture, or education”, where “we have things to say”, added Ms. Genevard on the eve of the third debate on Cnews.
“We talk about it a lot because these are the most serious subjects, and these are the prerequisites that will make it possible to regain security, tranquility, and very quickly begin reconstruction on other subjects: work, education and health, family and pensions, French influence, “said Michel Barnier, the first to pass on the grill.
Your calm, measured flow behind his desk, the one who promises “seriousness” is committed to a “clear course” around three major priorities: “shock of authority”, stop to immigration “become uncontrollable “, and serious budget.
Castigating a “lonely management of power, arrogant, sometimes contemptuous” of Emmanuel Macron, he promised to do only “one mandate” in a speech riddled with references to Laurent Wauquiez.
Xavier Bertrand, who succeeded him in a pugnacious and determined fashion, castigated “the gravedigger” Emmanuel Macron and “the vultures” of the extreme right.
Quickly leaving the desk to walk the podium, in the “stand-up” way he favors in public meetings, the one who has just taken back his card at LR – he had left the party in 2017 – hammered his loyalty to his ” political family “whose survival” is at stake in 2022.
Repeating that “the reestablishment of authority is a prerequisite for a simpler, liberated society”, he unfolded to full applause the three pillars of his program: authority, territories and work. “If I win this congress, I will win this presidential election,” he said.