The LR presidential candidate Valérie Pécresse displays the unity of her camp this Friday with the former president of the party Laurent Wauquiez. In Dunières, Haute-Loire, in front of a swarm of cameras, Valérie Pécresse promised a “pillar role” in her campaign to Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
“Welcoming him here is a symbol of my support”, he took care to underline. “I will be totally committed alongside him in this campaign because it is the only thing that interests me,” he added, stressing that “the challenge for us is the presidential election”.
“Turn the page of the past”
Because it was while he was chairing the party, in June 2019, that the one who carried a liberal vision of the right had left the formation, denouncing a party “padlocked from the inside, in its organization, but also in its ideas “.
“It was a real detestation”, remembers a support of the candidate, “she found that he embodied a radical right, too divisive”.
Friday, Laurent Wauquiez hammered it: Valérie Pécresse “made a very important start to the campaign which consisted of turning the pages of the past”. Often seen as the bearer of a liberal vision on the right, the founder of Libres! nevertheless heard in his campaign a very firm tone on the regalian, alongside Eric Ciotti.
Basically, it is exactly on the line of Laurent Wauquiez two years ago
Speaking of “restoring French pride”, promising to intensify the “charters” of undocumented migrants or to “bring out the Karcher” against delinquents, she also displays her desire to revalorize work. “Basically, it is exactly on the line of Laurent Wauquiez two years ago”, welcomes one in the entourage of the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
If Laurent Wauquiez, who resigned from the head of LR in 2019, has given up running for president in 2022, he retains a special status in the party. “For the activists, he is the star, when the young people returned to school he did not even have to open his mouth that it was a riot”, recalls a supporter of Valérie Pécresse.
Three months before the presidential election, when the right finally has a chance to reach the second round, Laurent Wauquiez “also has an interest in showing that he wants to play collectively, when he has always been seen as a personal one. And he knows that after ten years in the opposition, if we lose again, the political family explodes, ”adds this support.
For Valérie Pécresse, it is a question of gathering as widely as possible, before a day on Saturday devoted to the Centrists and the UDI. Jean-Christophe Lagarde’s party supports him in an interview with Le Figaro on Friday, with the objective that his movement becomes the “moderate leg” of the candidate facing the right-hand line of his lieutenant Eric Ciotti.