For the spokesperson for the government, “Valérie Pécresse will have to multiply the acrobatics to bring together antagonistic lines” existing at Les Républicains.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal was questioned by The Parisian on the victory this Saturday of Valérie Pécresse during the Les Républicains congress. The president of the Île-de-France region will therefore represent this party for the 2022 presidential election. But for Gabriel Attal, a difficult task awaits him within a party drawn far to the right by Eric Ciotti, losing in the second round of the primary.
“Whoever the winner is, he is condemned to have to obey an extreme line and to campaign between denial and ambiguity”, according to Gabriel Attal. “Let me take an example: Valérie Pécresse did not stand out from Eric Ciotti, who assumed to prefer Zemmour to Macron,” he said.
“A bad remake of the Greens primary”
According to him “Valérie Pécresse will have to multiply the acrobatics to bring together antagonistic lines, under a flag that she herself tore by leaving this party”. Since the publication of the results of the congress, the right shows a united front, however, and Valérie Pécresse declared on TF1 that her opponents in the LR ballot would “all have their place in my campaign”.
But for Gabriel Attal, this primary is “a bad remake of the Green primary: same number of voters, same lack of enthusiasm”, and “same scenario of an extreme outsider who emerges and takes the political line hostage. Eric Ciotti is the Sandrine Rousseau of LR “he declares. The only difference between the two primaries, “is that, in his debates, LR replaced ‘deconstruction’ by ‘immigration'”, for him.
He also attacks Valérie Pécresse on these many past political mandates (deputy, minister several times, municipal councilors …), speaking of a “return of the rent in politics (…) a situation rent where one is afraid of everything and where one refuses to shake up established orders “.