Psychodrama at Les Républicains.
About ten days before the vote of the militants (from December 1 to 4) which is to invest a candidate in the presidential election, a pass of arms opposed several heavyweights of the party.
It was Renaud Muselier, the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, who lit the fuse: this Tuesday, in an interview with the Parisian, he announced his support for Xavier Bertrand and tackled his intimate enemy, Eric Ciotti, another candidate, deputy of his region which he describes as “false nose of the extreme right”. Muselier adds that, if the latter were to win the primary, he would immediately leave LR to join Emmanuel Macron.
It did not take more to provoke the wrath of Eric Ciotti. The deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes was offended on Twitter by the attacks of the “little telegraph operator of Macron”, deeming the remarks “filthy and rude”.
In reaction, almost immediately, Xavier Bertrand agreed with him to judge “unacceptable” the attacks of Muselier against his “friend” Ciotti.
Is it serious to refuse support to please a rival? Yes, because the rival in question, Eric Ciotti holds a right-handed line that appeals to activists, and could well be the kingmaker of this election, on the evening of the first round. Xavier Bertrand also mentioned this desired rallying, even if he spoke of the post-investiture: “From December 4 [après le congrès, ndlr], I intend to campaign with all the candidates including my friend Eric Ciotti. No one will make me reverse this decision. It is the spirit of unity and the condition of victory against Emmanuel Macron. “
Proof that the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes is courted, Michel Barnier, however in no way involved in the game, also went there with his little tweet of consolation with regard to soldier Ciotti: “The attacks against my friends Eric Ciotti and David Lisnard [maire de Cannes, nouveau président de l’Association des maires de France, et autre cible de Muselier, ndlr] are neither worthy nor up to the collective responsibility of our political family ”.
The 148,000 LR activists will choose their candidates from December 1 to 4: Michel Barnier, Xavier Bertrand, Eric Ciotti, Philippe Juvin and Valérie Pécresse compete for the nomination.