August 3, 2021

in PACA, Renaud Muselier and Thierry Mariani surrender blow for blow

The first debate between Thierry Mariani and Renaud Muselier took place and it was not planned. Thursday June 3, on the platforms of the Aix-en-Provence TGV station, the candidate of the National Rally (RN) and the outgoing president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, supported by Les Républicains (LR) and the presidential majority, came face to face when they got off the same train. Both returned from an interview on a Parisian set. “You say a lot of bullshit”, attacked Renaud Muselier. ” You too “, retorted Thierry Mariani.

Two hours later, in the Aix district of Jas-de-Bouffan where he came to decline the shutter security of his program, President Muselier evokes the anecdote with his earthiness of former rugby player. “This is the match! he savored. It had been a long time since I had seen him. He’s all gray. “

Since the launch of the campaign, tension has been mounting between the two former partners of the RPR and the UMP. Still shaken by the whirlwind triggered within his political family by his decision to welcome macronists on his lists, Mr. Muselier chose to attack the one whom all the polls designate as his only rival. A way of “Give yourself some fresh air after a difficult month”, says his entourage. “We are going to bring out the old methods of the RPR. We knock “, dropped the candidate to some of his running mates earlier this week.

“Spreading fake news”

On Monday, May 31, he filed a complaint against Thierry Mariani before the Marseille court for “spreading false news”. The candidate of the RN and La Droite populaire accused him of having “Hired more people in his office and in communication, than for transport safety”.

On Wednesday, Renaud Muselier went, with journalists and cameras, in front of the town hall of Valréas (Vaucluse), a city that his opponent led for sixteen years to castigate his local record. Thursday, in Aix where the mayor Maryse Joissains and her daughter Sophie, second on the list in the Bouches-du-Rhône, accompanied him, the president of the region passes a final layer: “My opponent promises to give 1 euro for each euro spent by the municipalities for their municipal police. This represents 1.2 billion euros per year, or more than half of the regional budget. What will he stop in exchange? Trains, high schools, cultural aid? “

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