Laurent Wauquiez (Les Républicains, LR), president of the regional council of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, announced on Twitter, Thursday, August 26, that he would not be a candidate for the 2022 presidential election. “Being a candidate for the presidential election is a decision that you take not because you simply want to, but because it is a moment when you feel in a position to rally your camp and unite the French. I consider that for me this moment has not come ”, he wrote, confirming information from BFM-TV.
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“The presidential candidatures on the right are multiplying in a worrying way”, underlined Mr. Wauquiez. A few hours earlier, the deputy (LR) of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti, 55, had created the surprise by putting himself in the ranks of a primary, “So that France remains France” and in order to “Give hope to this declining France”, with “A project for more authority, more freedom, more identity”.
Mr. Wauquiez explains that he does not want “Add division to division”. “ Some candidates even explain that they will run without accepting a common rule ”, he regretted, in an allusion to Xavier Bertrand.
Four candidates declared for a primary
At the beginning of July, the president of the Hauts-de-France region has indeed addressed an end of inadmissibility to the main figures of LR who wish to organize a “Open primary” to designate the right candidate.
Mr. Wauquiez, 46, who had been obliged to a cure of media silence since his departure from the presidency of LR, in June 2019, following poor results in the European elections, assures that he intends “Work for the unity of a candidate on the right” and “Ensure that the right clearly and strongly assumes its convictions”.
Major of the National School of Administration, normalien and agrégé in history, Mr. Wauquiez experienced a linear political rise: becoming a member of Parliament at the age of 29, he was then a member of the governments of François Fillon from 2007 to 2012, was comfortably elected at the head of LR at the end of 2017 and has been president of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes since December 2015.
For the moment, four candidates are declared for a primary of the right: Valerie Pécresse, president of the Ile-de-France region and former member of the Republicans (LR); Philippe Juvin, LR mayor of La Garenne-Colombes; Eric Ciotti; and Michel barnier, former European commissioner and ex-negotiator of the European Union in charge of Brexit.
To these candidates could be added the senator of Vendée Bruno Retailleau, who should unveil his intentions soon.