Can Laurent Wauquiez regain the leadership of the Republicans?

Can Laurent Wauquiez regain the leadership of the Republicans?
Can Laurent Wauquiez regain the leadership of the Republicans?

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8:41 p.m., July 8, 2024modified at

8:42 p.m., July 8, 2024

The National Assembly is now complete. The RN obtains 143 deputies, 182 for the New Popular Front, the presidential camp limits the damage with 165 deputies and one of the lessons of these elections is the good performance of the Republicans with around sixty deputies. The party is looking for a new leader.

The French were called to the polls this Sunday and did not give an absolute majority. But in these legislative elections full of surprises, the Republicans achieved a good performance with around sixty elected deputies. Now, the party is looking for a new leader since the controversial alliance of Éric Ciotti with the RN. This leader could be called Laurent Wauquiez.

Laurent Wauquiez makes clarity of message the condition for reconnecting with voters

Faced with the lack of clarity in the new hemicycle, he wants to bring clarity. The deputy of Haute-Loire thus refuses any alliance with the National Rally or with Macronie. Laurent Wauquiez also intends to restore discipline and cohesion to a group that has too often displayed its divisions for two years.

The former president of the Republicans has been consulting right-wing MPs who are likely to rally behind him since Sunday evening. He is laying out the rules of the game and will only rely on those who respect them, confides one of his close associates, even if it means losing a few dissidents along the way. Laurent Wauquiez is making the clarity of the message the sine qua non condition for reconnecting with voters. It is not a strategy of exclusion, but of clarification, adds an advisor.

This Wednesday, Laurent Wauquiez could run for the presidency of the LR group by highlighting his experience as a minister and parliamentarian as much as his local roots. Like him, on the right, many are noting the glass ceiling of the RN which could, combined with the collapse of Macronie, recreate a political space for Les Républicains.

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