Legislative elections in France: Republican boss Eric Ciotti wants to form an alliance with the National Rally

Legislative elections in France: Republican boss Eric Ciotti wants to form an alliance with the National Rally
Legislative elections in France: Republican boss Eric Ciotti wants to form an alliance with the National Rally

Lhe boss of LR Eric Ciotti caused a dramatic turn of events on Tuesday by announcing that the right “needs an alliance” for the legislative elections of June 30 with the National Rally, an unprecedented agreement with the far right immediately rejected by many leaders of his party.

“We need an alliance, while remaining ourselves, (…) with the National Rally and with its candidates,” said Mr. Ciotti, specifying that he had discussions with Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella.

If the agreement comes to fruition, it will be the first of its kind in France between the right and the far right. The boss of LR estimated that the right needed this agreement to preserve its representation in the National Assembly, which today has 61 deputies, many of whom are not on the party president’s line.

“I hope that all outgoing Republican deputies who wish not to have an opponent of the RN can not have competitors,” he added, believing “want to preserve a group” in Parliament. Within LR, many voices were immediately raised against this agreement: LR president of the senate Gérard Larcher, who has always opposed an agreement with the far right, assured that he “will never endorse a agreement with the RN”, speaking in front of the LR senators.

The president of the LR senators Bruno Retailleau, denounced “a personal line”, joined by the boss of the LR deputies Olivier Marleix for whom Mr. Ciotti “only commits himself” and must resign.

Before the official announcement from the boss of LR, many party leaders, including Laurent Wauquiez, supported by Eric Ciotti as right-wing candidate for the Elysée in 2027, categorically rejected this decision.

On the RN side, on the other hand, Marine Le Pen praised Eric Ciotti’s “courageous choice” and “sense of responsibility” and said she hoped “that a significant number of LR executives would follow him”. “Forty years of a pseudo sanitary cordon, which caused many elections to be lost, is in the process of disappearing,” the boss of the National Rally deputies in the National Assembly told AFP.

On the government side, the Minister of the Interior, ex-LR Gérald Darmanin, denounced that Mr. Ciotti had signed “the Munich agreements and brings dishonor to the Gaullist family by kissing Marine Le Pen. A shame. French people, let’s wake up! “.

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