“I no longer wish to subscribe to the logic of a single party. “ It is undoubtedly Xavier Bertrand, unequivocal about his intention to step over the structure of the Les Républicains (LR) party as part of his candidacy for 2022, who best embodies the disenchantment for political parties at the start of the campaign. presidential.
Four years after that of 2017, which had seen Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Luc Mélenchon devote the concept of “movement”, preferred to traditional parties considered too hierarchical and cumbersome, rare are the presidential candidates not to pursue in this way. All are trying to orchestrate around them a popular dynamic, part of the base, far from the parties and close to the French, to reach the gates of power.
On the left, Anne Hidalgo gathered, Monday, July 12, a number of local elected officials in Villeurbanne (Rhône) to bring out the main axes of her candidacy, in the continuity of her participatory platform Ideas in common and the scene of a popular appeal for her entry into the race for the Elysee Palace, with the publication, on June 30, of a platform by 200 political figures to urge her to declare herself (a number that has since risen to 500). The mayor of Paris intends to impose on the Socialist Party (PS) unconditional support and a distancing of the apparatus during the campaign, she who relies above all on her municipal team and her network of elected officials.
On the right side, the putative and declared candidates all base their legitimacy on the local popular anointing they received during the regional elections in June, and try to force the hand of the LR’s governing bodies, when they do not simply ignore them like Xavier Bertrand. The latter no longer belongs to any structure since he left LR in 2017, like his rival Valérie Pécresse, who created, in 2019, a movement with an evocative name: Libres!
A logistical role
The President of the Republic intends to reproduce the dynamic « bottom-up » who brought him to power. And this, at a distance from La République en Marche (LRM), which has never been able to find its place throughout the five-year term of Emmanuel Macron in constant search of disruption and scalded by the experience of the “sling” at the within the PS during the Holland years. This is evidenced by the “tour de France” of the territories of the president-candidate, who prefers to stage his direct link with the citizens rather than letting a party invite them.
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