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Just a few weeks earlier than the senatorial election, the Parisian right led by Rachida Dati appears sufficiently assured to permit this frontal assault: “On the left, it’s a facade union. They bicker among themselves at the Council of Paris and come together only to share positions. » These remarks were made by Catherine Dumas, outgoing senator, head of the official list invested by the Les Républicains (LR) party, who showed devastating optimism on Tuesday September 5 in a chic café on the Esplanade des Invalides ( 7e arrondissement), accompanied by a few running mates who are just as hungry.

She has just submitted her final list and, to listen to them, in the capital – where twelve places are at stake for a six-year term – an electoral tidal wave will take place on September 24 which will sweep away the left, at the -beyond the four outgoing Parisian senators. “It is the first stone of a rise in power, of a dynamic of reconquering Paris – in view of the municipal elections of 2026 –, wants to believe Catherine Dumas. We have been working for months on a list which covers, for once, the entire territory of Paris, and which does not favor the baronies. “Political coherence, skills, complementarity… This is the strength of our list: we are a team”, praises lawyer Francis Szpiner, mayor of 16e borough, quantity two on the listing.

Before, abruptly, Catherine Dumas opens the chilly bathe faucet herself: “We hope for three seats”… perhaps 4, if the electoral stars are completely aligned, whereas the left is aiming for seven or eight seats. A a lot much less thunderous forecast than the said intentions, however nothing to do, true to its habits, the right is undermined by the division.

“They wanted to fool me”

Ousted from the official listing of LR, the president of the Paris federation, the MEP Agnès Evren, at conflict with Rachida Dati, first dissented and will trigger elected officers to lose the official listing. “We offered her fifth place on the list, she didn’t want it., assures Catherine Dumas. So she is counting on an alliance of circumstance with the centrists. » As, on paper, the seat of Agnès Evren, head of her list, is electorally guaranteed, she is already calm and has planned to work with LR in the Senate.

It was then Pierre Charon, outgoing senator, who packed his luggage: “They wanted to fool me. They shouldn’t have…” He came up with his own list, “Liberons Paris! », composed only “Strangers who have never tasted politics”, he explains. Before stating: “I’m doing this to show the tables. “We provided him fourth place and, in the finish, he tells us that he will probably be disruptive with a not very severe listing, says Francis Szpiner. It will not go far. A easy nuisance impact. »

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