After the appointment of Rachida Dati to the ministry of tradition, the precise surprised | EUROtoday

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Rachida Dati and Eric Ciotti, during Valérie Pécresse's last meeting before the first round of the presidential election, in Paris, March 3, 2022.

Eric Ciotti did not see it coming. When the rumor of the arrival of Rachida Dati within the authorities good points weight, this Thursday, January 11 in the course of the afternoon, the president of the Les Républicains (LR) celebration prepares his speech for the needs he should pronounce to the inhabitants of his Nice stronghold. When presenting himself on the podium, round 6 p.m., on the Palace of the Méditerranée, the deputy for Alpes-Maritimes has already acquired a telephone name from the long run minister of tradition. “She informed me of this with sadness. I have respect for her but of course, I regret this choice, which is totally incompatible with her place in our political family”, he informed Agence France-Presse. Before expressing her need to exclude Rachida Dati from the right-wing celebration, believing that together with her nomination, she has thus “placed outside our political family”.

The blow is tough for the one who named Mme Dati on the head of the LR nationwide council, the “parliament” of the celebration. And sudden. After Edouard Philippe, Bruno Le Maire or Gérald Darmanin in 2017, then Franck Riester or Damien Abad, The Republicans thought they’d completed with the poaching vogue. In current months, the boss of LR deputies, Olivier Marleix, had even warned the manager on a number of events, asking Emmanuel Macron to ” refrain “ to recruit into the ranks of the precise.

In July 2023, former Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne had not drawn from LR in the course of the earlier reshuffle. His successor, Gabriel Attal, additionally made the promise on the telephone to Eric Ciotti on Tuesday January 9. “Dati, it comes from the castle”, estimates the entourage of the Nice resident, who locations the duty on Emmanuel Macron. Reference to the “deal” made between the Head of State and the previous minister of Nicolas Sarkozy, promising him to have free rein to signify the Macronist camp within the municipal elections of 2026, with the intention to delight the Paris city corridor to Anne Hidalgo.

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A brand new battle on the precise for Mr. Macron, which additional weakens Mr. Ciotti’s formation. “This complicates things a lot for us in Paris”breathes the vice-president LR, Julien Aubert. “We were very proud of ourselves after the vote on the immigration law [en décembre 2023]but Emmanuel Macron reminds us that in the Ve Republic, it is the president who has the hand”, underlines Alexandre Vincendet, LR deputy for Rhône. This “Macron-compatible” regrets the departure of a persona as recognized and fashionable on the precise as the previous Minister of Justice beneath the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy. “It’s yet one more determine much less at LR with authorities expertise. For a celebration that retains calling itself the federal government, this nonetheless raises questions. »

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