between Renaissance, MoDem and Horizons, the battle for locations drags on | EUROtoday

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The president of Horizons, Edouard Philippe, and the president of MoDem, Francois Bayrou, during the Horizons congress, in Paris, March 25, 2023.

Put the quilt within the suitcase. This is the problem for the presidential majority to compose its record for the European elections in June. With polls at half mast, and due to this fact definitely fewer seats on arrival than in 2019, in addition to twenty deputies out of the twenty-three of the Renaissance delegation who want to be reappointed, there shall be no place in eligible place for all candidates. The causes for stress are already rising between coalition companions, every refusing to chop corners on their positions.

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Meeting on December 20, 2023 on the MoDem HQ, Stéphane Séjourné, the secretary normal of Renaissance, François Bayrou, the president of the MoDem, and Edouard Philippe, the president of Horizons, introduced a primary draft establishing a professional rata distribution key of their scores within the legislative elections of June 2022. The first thirty locations on the record may thus be divided into 5 tranches of six. With, every time, three locations for Renaissance, two for MoDem and one for Horizons.

“But the devil is in the details”, feedback outgoing MEP Gilles Boyer, lieutenant of Edouard Philippe, appointed marketing campaign co-director. The technique of calculation doesn’t at the moment enable the events making up the coalition to be assured that their targets shall be achieved. Horizons, which didn’t exist in 2019 and has solely two MEPs, desires to double its contingent, whereas the MoDem, with six outgoing members, doesn’t want to go beneath.

And this yr, we additionally must take care of a further ally, the Union of Democrats and Independents. The centrist microformation should formally register its participation within the coalition throughout its congress on March 23. His candidate is already recognized within the particular person of Valérie Létard, former vice-president of the Senate (2017-2023). A seat can also be promised to the previous mayor of Nancy and president of the Radical Party, Laurent Hénart, changing the outgoing MEP Dominique Riquet, who represented the Valois household in 2019. Their place on the record is the topic of all consideration, every occasion fearing that this might be to its detriment.

“Find the right balance”

Outgoing MEP Bernard Guetta provides his two cents. The former journalist, specialist in worldwide points, has been advocating since July 2023 for assist for Ukraine to be on the coronary heart of the Renaissance marketing campaign, which ought to guarantee him a spot of selection on the record. But Mr. Guetta makes a degree of recalling that he’s not a member of any occasion, to the nice exasperation of MoDem and Horizons. The latter imagine that its seat should be deducted from the quota allotted to Renaissance. The presidential occasion refuses to take action and needs candidates from “civil society” to be supported by all the coalition. The query is all of the extra tense for the negotiators as two new contenders with a “civil society” profile may very well be included within the record.

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