Pécresse and LR attack Macron "president candidate" in campaign at state expense

Valérie Pécresse in the lead, the Republicans have not stopped attacking for two days the travel of Emmanuel Macron, which they consider to be a disguised way of campaigning for the presidential election of 2022.

POLITICS – “I see few differences between Emmanuel Macron and Valérie Pécresse.” This is what recognized Bruno the Mayor, Minister of the Economy for the first time appointed, a few days ago. An observation that want to shatter the second and his party, LR, multiplying the attacks against the head of state. With a key argument to do this: the President of the Republic would take advantage of his status to campaign for 2022 at the expense of the taxpayer.

Here is what hammered the candidate of the Republicans this Wednesday, January 12 on the set of France 2, in reference to the trip of Emmanuel Macron two days earlier in the Alpes-Maritimes to make a vast series of announcements. “We have a candidate president, a candidate in reality, who comes to Nice with the means of the State, the taxpayer, to announce a presidential program for 2030”, assured Valérie Pécresse.

And to add on the subject of the tenant of the Elysee, not yet declared candidate for his own succession even if his intentions are little doubt: “Down with the masks! Emmanuel Macron is a candidate, he makes us proposals – moreover a little gassy – on security, and it is not a President of the Republic that we saw Monday in Nice. ”

For the president of the Île-de-France region, back in the bosom of LR to seek the nomination of the party in the next presidential election, it is also “scandalous” that the President of the Republic can thus take advantage of the means linked to its function to detail its program. “We are campaigning with our means which are modest and under the control of the Campaign Accounts Commission”, she adds to mark the contradiction.

The National Campaign Accounts Commission seized

An output which is in line with the letter sent the day before by Christian Jacob, the president of the right-wing party, to the National Campaign Accounts Commission. A letter in which the deputy for Seine-et-Marne writes that “there is no doubt that (the President of the Republic) will be a candidate for his own succession” in view of the number of trips and “repeated” media interventions by Emmanuel Macron.

He therefore asks how the body plans to control presidential spending ”. Not only to “ensure that the use of public resources complies with the regulations”, but also to “have the confirmation that the expenses corresponding to this political activity are well taken into account” in the future campaign accounts of the leader. of State.

In the same way, Christian Jacob says in his letter to have seized the Arcom -successor of the CSA- so that the speaking time of the president in office is controlled.

A candidacy that lives up to its name

Since the trip of Emmanuel Macron on Monday, several personalities of the Republicans have stepped up to the plate on the theme of the disguised campaign of Emmanuel Macron.

Among them, the deputy for Vaucluse Julien Aubert, for example, asked rhetorically during questions to the government of January 11 why the President of the Republic decided to scald a plan for several years for the security of the French, and that to three months of a major election and three days of a speech by Valérie Pécresse on the same theme.

“I do not see how to qualify otherwise (than presidential) an electoral program announced for the next ten years with as alibi the inauguration of a vague ghost police station whose work will not begin for two years”, notably launched the elected to the rostrum.

Monday, at the very time of the presidential trip to Nice, Eric Ciotti had already boycotted this visit to a department where he is nevertheless a member and therefore invited to meet the president.

Denouncing a “mock communication”And a trip of candidate much more than of president, the defeated finalist of the LR primary and now support of Valérie Pécresse had even organized a trip concurrent with that of Emmanuel Macron, going among other things to a prison before formalizing the launch of a local support committee for candidate LR. Because behind this visit to Nice, it is indeed the April ballot that it is about.

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