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Edouard Philippe, in Besançon, April 5, 2024.

Being ironic in regards to the feedback on his presidential pretensions, whereas indulging in allusions to his candidacy in 2027. Friday April 5, in Besançon, Edouard Philippe distinguished himself by taking part in on this double discourse on the event of his seize talking, through the assembly of executives of his motion, Horizons. Making enjoyable of the “conjunctures on each other’s personal journeys”he nonetheless forgot to paraphrase Balzac. ““On election day, I will be whatever I need to be”he declaimed. I encourage you to pay attention to this sentence: it says loads about somebody's dedication. »

But, for per week, the Horizons home has been faltering. On Wednesday morning, the city corridor of Le Havre was searched as a part of an investigation by the National Financial Prosecutor's Office (PNF), opened in December 2023 in opposition to Edouard Philippe and two of his deputies for “illegal taking of interests, embezzlement of public funds, favoritism and moral harassment. The president of Horizons began his speech with an allusion to his legal troubles: “There are days, there are weeks, when it is even more pleasant to see friendly faces again, to rediscover the warmth of common struggle and camaraderie. » Before specifying that he was reading “very little press” and tackle “journalists who try to sell newspapers”. And move on to another topic.

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Europe was the main theme of the public meeting which closed this activist day, with speeches by the Philippe deputies in Brussels Gilles Boyer and Nathalie Loiseau, as well as the head of the Renaissance list, Valérie Hayer. Edouard Philippe recalled the “double challenge” European elections: the risk of a halt to European construction in the event of a strong Eurosceptic push and, in France, the electoral weight of “central block”, “from the conservative right to social democracy”.

Sovereign-populist rhetoric

This day was additionally a possibility for the president of Horizons to showcase the load of his workforce. “26,000 activists”, “1,117 municipal committees”, “450 mayors” “32 deputies”, “15 senators”, he listed. All in thirty months of existence. “A 30-month-old child reaches half his adult heighthe continued. Well, I'm setting myself a much more ambitious horizon. » The leader made the assembly applaud the deputies Bertrand Bouyx (Calvados), Pierre Henriet (Vendée) and Alexandre Vincendet (Rhône). The first two sat at the Palais-Bourbon with Renaissance until February and the last with Les Républicains (LR) until March. All three joined Horizons, arousing the ire of their respective parliamentary group presidents, Sylvain Maillard and Olivier Marleix. “And if you ask me, they’re not the last!” »mentioned Edouard Philippe from the rostrum.

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