Regional 2021: Why the Republicans do not want the agreement with LREM

President of the Republicans Christian Jacob during his greetings to the press in January (illustration)

POLITICS – Republicans probably had better Sunday. After the announcement today of an alliance between LREM and Renaud Muselier, LR president of Paca, from the first round of the regional elections, the staff of the right-wing party condemned this initiative outright, by withdrawing his nomination to the successor to Christian Estrosi.

“The fear of losing some, added to the cynicism of others, has never founded a political line. The first round must be that of clarity and fidelity to its convictions, its commitments and its natural allies ”, justified in a press release the boss of LR, Christian Jacob. In reality, this outcome is not very surprising, the rue Vaugirard party having hardly any other options.

Because for The Republicans, it is simply impossible to campaign with a party they oppose in Parliament. “See elected officials On the march! on an LR list would lead voters to think that the right is rolling for Macron and to play the game of the National Rally ”, warned in The world the deputy of Vaucluse, Julien Aubert.

“Useful idiot”

This is also what Pierre-Henri Dumont, LR deputy for Pas-de-Calais, thinks. “Allying with LREM is incomprehensible. It is offering the region on a plateau at the RN because it is depriving yourself of a reserve of votes in the second round ”, explains to HuffPost the parliamentarian, who believes that Renaud Muselier’s decision “also has the consequence of weakening the heads of the LR list in other regions”. Hence the sentence pronounced in the wake by Christian Jacob who withdrew the nomination to the outgoing president.

Another problem pointed out by Pierre-Henri Dumont, the fact that Renaud Muselier now finds himself in the role of “the useful idiot” of the RN and LREM. “Result: Thierry Mariani says that to vote Muselier is to vote Macron, and the marchers, like Attal this morning, say that the Republicans are divided into two parts, the pros-Macron and the pros-Le Pen”, fulminates the elected official of Pas-de-Calais.

And this is undoubtedly where the main difficulty lies for the right-wing party. Indeed, how to present himself in 2022 as an alternative to Emmanuel Macron, when alliances have been sealed with the presidential party before the first round of regional?

Will LR voters find their way there?

Even if he has distanced himself from his former party, Xavier Bertrand, who wants to keep the Hauts-de-France region to then run for the Elysee, makes an analysis that Christian Jacob would not deny. “This agreement is irresponsible, because it makes the National Front the first opponent, the only opponent,” he said on BFMTV.

It is to avoid this contradiction that The Republicans reject this agreement as a whole, especially since it gives grain to grind the National Rally which will have a nice game to flirt with the right-wing electorate hostile to the Head of State. What, according to the pollster Frédéric Dabi quoted by Europe 1, could make flee towards the RN “the traditional right-wing voters, refusing the alliance with the party of Emmanuel Macron”.

In other words, the Republicans, outgoing in this region, prefer to give up Paca rather than sacrifice their political space between the RN and LREM. An increasingly narrow space that these two groups take pleasure in nibbling in view of 2022.

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