Some elections take a more decisive turn than others. If all the political elections are also important for public life, the regional ones of June 20 and 27 have a particular meaning for the party Les Républicains (LR). Last vote before the presidential election of 2022, they have the opportunity to give the pulse of the country and to paint the portrait of a party that was once a leader, but relegated to a “second division” since the election of Emmanuel Macron in 2017.
On paper, the right is still well established in France today. It owns seven of the thirteen major regions and is expected to retain most of them. Majority in the Senate, LR is, moreover, at the head of 50% of the cities of more than 9000 inhabitants. In the National Assembly, the party has the largest group in number after that of the majority. However, at the national level, he is struggling, stuck in an almost unprecedented situation under the Ve Republic, its voters nibbled on all sides by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, on one side, and the president of the National Rally (RN), Marine Le Pen, on the other. Thus none of its potential candidates (in particular Xavier Bertrand, president of Hauts-de-France and option considered the most serious at this stage) is given, for the moment, in the second round of the election. presidential election by pollsters. Local giant, national dwarf, in short.
Some on the right, however, hope that this regional election will change the situation. That she creates ” a dynamic “ favorable on which the party could surf over the next ten months in order to try to pass the bar of the first round in 2022.
“A launching pad”
“The objective is to consolidate our positions, to try to gain on our colors, our values as we do in Auvergne-Rhônes-Alpes”, explains Damien Abad, deputy of Ain and president of the LR group in the Assembly. “The challenge for us is to maintain and confirm our presence in the regions”, explains, for his part, Christian Jacob, the president of the party. As a man of the ground, the deputy for Seine-et-Marne warns his turbulent troops eager to see the party appoint a candidate as quickly as possible: it is by his « implantation locale » what LR is “Relegitimera”. “Believing that we will rebuild ourselves only by the mere designation of a candidate is an analytical error”, he continues.
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