The divisions are shown in broad daylight. And this discord is not only due to the election, at the beginning of December, of the new head of the party. The so-called Gaullist party is going through a true identity crisis.
But what a mess! Republicans aren’t even trying to fake it.
The divisions are shown in broad daylight. And this discord is not only due to the election, at the beginning of December, of the new head of the party. Certainly, the competition between Eric Ciotti, Aurélien Pradié and Bruno Retailleau radicalizes the positions. But the evil is deeper. The so-called Gaullist party is going through a true identity crisis.
Caught between two fires. On the one hand, Emmanuel Macron vampirizes his foundations (retirement, security, nuclear, assistantship…) and, on the other, the extreme right recovers its popular electorate in a context of rejection of immigration. Which end of the rope to hold on to?
Beyond the leaders and their marketing strategies, there are real question marks in the LR ranks.
Sincere. Some are tempted to ally themselves with Macronie, such as the deputy for Indre Nicolas Forissier, who believes that LR – which has already voted on three texts on purchasing power – should go one step further and establish a government pact on some fundamental issues. “Why shouldn’t there be a fourth family within the majority?” But the niche (centre right) is occupied by Edouard Philippe who lectures all the time on deficits, reforms…
And then the LRs did not benefit from the support provided during the passage of the law on the preservation of purchasing power. So there are several who advocate a more radical opposition, such as the mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône, Gilles Platret: “We must not give air to this government and I want it to be overthrown.”
The attitude of the chosen LR towards Nicolas Sarkozy is symptomatic.
There are those who consider it a betrayal not to have supported Valérie Pécresse, and those who wonder if he was not right in the eyes of others in wanting to unite Emmanuel Macron.
We are far from the time when we used to say “The Gaullists hunt in packs”.
Party leaders try to play […]