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France: a liberal social candidate will represent the right in the presidential election

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The president of the Île-de-France region [qui englobe Paris] will be the first woman to wear the colors of this party in a presidential election in France.

Bring the right back to power

It will have the heavy mission of bringing to victory a right-wing eliminated in the first round of the presidential election in 2017.

Favorite with her firm liberal line, especially on immigration issues, Ms. Pécresse won 60.95% of the vote against 39.05% for Mr. Ciotti, deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes [sud], which showed its affinities with the extreme right at the end of a congress organized online among members.

Nearly 140,000 members were called upon to vote electronically.

LR, heir to the Gaullist movement which was for nearly 60 years in France the main formation of government, is still traumatized by its elimination in the second round of the presidential election of 2017, a first under the Fifth Republic. A failure five years after the failure of outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy to be re-elected, beaten in the second round, in 2012, by the socialist François Hollande.

Four months before the first round of the presidential election, the polls place the Republican candidate, whoever he is, behind the two finalists of 2017, the outgoing President Emmanuel Macron and the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, and even the controversial far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour, who has just entered the running.

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A new dynamic for LR

The party therefore hopes to trigger thanks to this primary a dynamic that would prevent it from another disappointment in 2022.

We take the first step on the path that will lead us to victory, assured Saturday the president of LR Christian Jacob, welcoming this day of gathering, of union.

The right has found its DNA, it is popular and united […] with a real French team ready to lead our country, he added to the applause of activists at party headquarters.

Thank you for having had this daring to designate a first female candidate from the right and I will be worthy of it, launched Ms. Pécresse to the podium, addressing a thought to all the women of France, and promising to to give everything in the presidential campaign.

The republican right is back, the right of convictions, the right of solutions […] I agree, we will restore French pride and protect the French.

A quote from Valérie Pécresse, candidate for LR for the 2022 presidential election

At the start of the campaign, Ms. Pécresse will however have to deal with the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in France, which is hampering the holding of the first gathering scheduled for Saturday, December 11. Considering the obvious sanitary conditions, we will not hold the meeting in physics as planned., said Mr. Jacob, specifying that details would be given in the coming days.

Present alongside Ms. Pécresse, Mr. Ciotti immediately expressed his warmest congratulations to the president of the Île-de-France region, who now has the immense responsibility of bringing our political family to victory.

In her profession of faith for the second round, Valérie Pécresse had advocated unity and the meeting to wear a project of frank rupture and assumed right.

Internal competition, which turned out to be less acrimonious than five years ago, has been dominated by privileged far-right themes such as immigration, authority or security.

Valérie Pécresse appeared to many as the favorite because of the support of the three candidates eliminated in the first round, namely the president of the Hauts-de-France (North) region Xavier Bertrand, the former European Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and Philippe Juvin , head of the emergency department of a large Parisian hospital.

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