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Eric Ciotti is “candidate” for the primary of the right to “give hope to a France in decline” – BFMTV

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The deputy elected in the Alpes-Maritimes was the guest of our journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin this Thursday morning. And it is live on our set that he chose to announce his candidacy for the primary of the right in view of the presidential election.

So will it be. Eric Ciotti, deputy “The Republicans” elected in the Alpes-Maritimes, announced this Thursday morning at our microphone his candidacy for the primary of the right in view of the presidential election. Invited by our journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin, he declared: “Yes, I have decided. I will be a candidate for the primary of the right to designate our common candidate, to get our country out of the slope of decline, to give back a hope to this declining France. “

For him, the organization of this primary – which is not yet quite set in stone – is no doubt: “There will naturally be a primary. We do not have a personality that is imposed naturally, not a candidate who spontaneously brings together all the qualities of the leader towards whom everyone converges “.

“Let France stay in France”

Eric Ciotti delivered his recipe for success in the primary and then in the presidential election: “To win, you need strong ideas, and an incarnation.” And in terms of ideas, he quickly brushed off: “My course is to the right, and my objective is simple: I want France to remain France”.

He immediately embarked on his profession of faith: “Today, I see with despair this country that I like to decline industrially, in terms of its place in the world. I see violence winning our neighborhoods. . I see Islamist communitarianism continuing to win territories and souls. I see so many sectors in which France was at the forefront, I am thinking of nuclear power, of our industrial power today weakening, and with a very rapid acceleration. strong.”

Ciotti wants to “inscribe our Christian origins” in the constitution

After this regal flight, the one who is also quaestor in the National Assembly hinted that his campaign would walk on a second, liberal leg: “I also see the French paralyzed in their freedom, their initiatives, poisoned by paperwork , bureaucracy, with burdens weighing on those who work “. “We must carry this project for more authority, more freedom, more identity”, he picked up in a slogan.

Ensuring that opinions marked on the right were spreading more and more widely in the country – and not refuting the hypothesis according to which he subscribed to the controversial thesis of the “big-replacement” in the chapter of immigration – he illustrated his positions on this point:

“The figures show that our society welcomes foreigners without the possibility of assimilating them. We have French people a bit by chance. It is no longer possible to have nationality automatically, with automatic residence permits.” He also affirmed his intention to put an end to “family immigration”, and to launch a moratorium on immigration itself.

The parliamentarian again pledged to “include our Christian origins in the constitution”, if he were to be elected.

The third in the running

Eric Ciotti is the third personality to officially embark on this preliminary race, after the president of the Ile-de-France Regional Council, Valérie Pécresse, and the mayor of La Garenne-Colombes – but especially known for his media interventions as as head of emergency at the Parisian hospital Georges-Pompidou – Philippe Juvin.

Of course, Xavier Bertrand, who heads the Hauts-de-France Regional Council, is also a candidate, and even the favorite of most observers … but he prefers to line up directly on the starting line of the presidential election and intends to skip a primary in which he does not believe, or more. As for Laurent Wauquiez, ex-president of LR and recently reelected at the head of his Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, he thinks very strongly about it … without saying it out loud for the moment.

In any case, we should better understand the balance of power between the various contenders even before the primary, within a few weeks. Indeed, the Ifop must conduct, from Monday and by the party congress on September 25, a vast consultation with 15,000 supporters of the right and the center. Its work, carried out at the initiative of the Republicans, will offer their panel the opportunity to comment on the very opportunity of a primary but also on the profiles and qualities of the different candidates, considered in different ways.

Robin verner BFMTV reporter

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