Right-wing supporters were still spoiled for choice on this last weekend in August. For those who wanted to attend a political comeback of the Les Républicains (LR) party and its affiliates, it was simply necessary to follow a regional and meteorological preference in the absence of already knowing which political personality to follow.
In Nice, the deputy for the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti held a back-to-school meeting on Saturday, August 28, just days after his declaration of candidacy for the right-wing primary. Competition which we do not yet know at this stage if it will take place or not. In La Baule, it was the senator of Vendée Bruno Retailleau who welcomed the militants after him, having given up competing for the supreme magistracy.
Under the Corrèze sun, in Brive-la-Gaillarde, Valérie Pécresse, for her part, organized a large back-to-school gathering that was particularly eagerly awaited. Presidential candidate since the beginning of summer, the president of the Ile-de-France region is considered, by many on the right, as one of the most serious competitors to wear the colors of the political formation in the 2022 poll.
“The gap is narrowing”
Since the withdrawal of Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône region, it is for many the only one able to compete with the boss of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, who declared in April.
In the park of Guierle where the re-entry of his Free movement was held!, Many supporters of the former minister of higher education did not fail to recall that an Ipsos poll commissioned by them and carried out on August 20 and 22 by telephone to 2,000 people placed the two personalities on the sidelines: 14% of voting intentions in the first round for Valérie Pécresse against 15% for Xavier Bertrand.
For them, there is no doubt: “The gap is narrowing”. “Valérie Pécresse created the match this summer”, abounds Patrick Stefanini, campaign director of the elected representative and head of his program on sovereign issues.
The month of August and the multiple trips that have marked it would have according to several of the support of the candidate made it possible not to be “To leave behind” by Xavier Bertrand. “From the start, the sequencing has been good, judge the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Pauget. She is a rigorous and methodical woman. First the election to the region and now the presidential election. In the meantime, this summer she was able to put together a program on which she has been working for several years. “
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