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François Xavier Bellamy (center, arm raised), head of the list of the Les Républicains party for the European elections in June, in Toulouse, April 26, 2024.

In the land of aeronautics, François-Xavier Bellamy continues to be trying to get his marketing campaign off the bottom for the European elections in June. On the ground of a Toulouse brasserie, the pinnacle of the listing of the Les Républicains (LR) celebration lets go this Friday April 26, “to be a little presumptuous”which doesn't look an excessive amount of like him. “The real divide for this election is not Macron-Le Pen, but rather [Raphaël] Glucksmann-Bellamy, he says. Who will win the majority in the European Parliament between the socialists and the European right? »

The polls do not yet put this match on display. When the figures show the campaign of Mr. Glucksmann, the socialist candidate, between 12% and 14%, those of Mr. Bellamy oscillate between 6.5% and 8%. But the philosophy professor remains resilient, convinced that nothing has yet crystallized and that the French do not have the lead in the June 9 vote. Not immediately. “We experienced it in 2019. People made up their minds in the last weeks, even in the last days and perhaps in the last hours”remembers the one who was already the LR candidate 5 years in the past. “For us, the real issue is to plow our furrow in a patient, determined manner. »

In Toulouse, this left-wing city which elects (moderate) right-wing mayors, Mr. Bellamy attacked the European left which “supports agricultural decline, promotes the hijab in Parliament or has transformed our borders into migratory sieves”. For one night, the candidate returned to his 2019 marketing campaign, when he held round 100 conferences and public conferences in three months, with younger activists pushed to the entrance row to cover white hair.

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Barcelona Room, the staging is comparable. The Toulouse proper involves applaud its champion and an sudden room attendant is current: Aurélien Pradié. Although he’s the regional consultant of the stage and the one deputy (LR) from Occitanie, the elected official from Lot has typically been vital of the “Bellamy line”, a conservative deadlock in line with him. But for at some point, the variations appear to be put apart. “When we belong to a family, no matter our nuances, the place of leaders is in front, not behind”, launches the one who misplaced his title of quantity two in LR, in February 2023.

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At the time, François-Xavier Bellamy had validated the choice of the president of LR, Eric Ciotti, to sanction the chief insurgent on pension reform. The previous. At least on the entrance. Earlier within the day, the 2 males displayed a sure complicity at L'Espérance, a Lot inn whose identify Mr. Bellamy sees as an indication. Aurélien Pradié invited the MEP to come back and see wine growers in his division affected by the hailstorms of current days, with practically 90% of vines destroyed for some.

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