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The president of MoDem, François Bayrou, at the Paris courthouse, November 7, 2023.

Just a yr in the past, throughout his needs to the press, on January 25, 2023, François Bayrou didn’t disguise his ambitions with a sure sense of understatement: “There is not a committed citizen who does not have to be concerned [de l’élection présidentielle]. I am no exception to this rule. » For the 2024 vintage, the mayor of Pau did not wish the journalists a happy new year, subjecting himself to a media diet until the judgment of his trial, scheduled for Monday February 5, in the affair of the parliamentary assistants of Modem.

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Those who’ve encountered him in latest days have described him as frightened, notably affected by the sentence of three years of ineligibility required by the prosecution, on November 14, 2023, along with thirty months in jail and 70,000 euros in fines. advantageous. Certainly a suspended sentence, with all the time the potential of interesting. But the image can be devastating for Mr. Bayrou, who has made probity considered one of his electoral markers.

The judgment comes because the Béarnais and his troops left feathers throughout the examination of the regulation on immigration in Parliament, on the finish of 2023. Behind the scenes, he was energetic with the Minister of Higher Education and analysis, Sylvie Retailleau, to oppose the implementation of a obligatory deposit for foreigners. Without success. Before the appointment of the brand new prime minister, changing Elisabeth Borne, on January 9, he campaigned for Julien Denormandie in opposition to Gabriel Attal, with out succeeding.

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For the second, within the first wave of appointments of ministers, on January 11, his get together – with 51 deputies out of the 249 that make up the bulk – is decreased to the naked minimal in authorities with the only reappointment of Marc Fesneau to agriculture, whereas former Sarkozysts made their entry. “The question is not so much the MoDem as the toneestimates Paris MoDem MP Maud Gatel, also general secretary of the movement. François Bayrou did not fight for thirty years for a strong and independent center so that in the end we would say “left wing” And “right wing”. »

The day after the reshuffle, the wrath of the centrists peaked when the MoDem deputy for Loiret Richard Ramos brandished the specter of a MoDem listing within the European elections in June, competing with that of the Macronists. Without the approval of François Bayrou, are we demining the get together right now. Just a few days earlier than the second wave of presidency appointments, the time has come for de-escalation. The MoDem deputy from Yvelines Bruno Millienne praises ” the balance “ of Gabriel Attal's basic coverage speech and is happy to see him take up themes pricey to his camp, comparable to “de-emcardization” or “solidarity at the source”.

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