Édouard Philippe “reaches out” to the LR against the alliance with the RN | EUROtoday

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une “unnatural” alliance. Édouard Philippe reacted this Tuesday, June 11 to the announcement by the president of the Republicans Éric Ciotti of eager to ally with the National Rally (RN) with a view to the early legislative elections. “I find it appalling and unnatural,” he stated on the BFMTV set.

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“Dismaying, because the Republican party is heir in a certain way to the UMP, the RPR. It is an old political family which was chaired by Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, neither of whom ever accepted compromise with extremism. […] Éric Ciotti throws this story in the trash,” regretted the president of Horizons.

“I think there is a dimension of personal ambition, of Nice ambition,” he added, Éric Ciotti being a deputy for the Alpes-Maritimes and a fierce opponent of the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi.

Hand prolonged to the disillusioned LRs

In his speech, Édouard Philippe additionally greeted the leaders of the Republicans who fervently rejected this alliance with the RN, earlier than extending his hand to them. “It’s pretty obvious that anyone who wants to join me is welcome,” he stated.

“I am quite attached to independence […] But independence does not mean isolation,” he continued, calling for the development of a “new majority”, which in response to him shouldn’t be “the reproduction of the architecture of the majority as that it was designed in 2022.”

READ ALSO LR-RN settlement for the legislative elections: within the head of Eric Ciotti, the secrets and techniques of a thunderboltAmong the priorities for the longer term, Édouard Philippe considers that “we need a contract, a pact, a new way of organizing women and men who recognize themselves in a few simple ideas, including the refusal of immobility […]put our house in France in order, in our accounts, in our streets.”

The mayor of Le Havre thus believes that Emmanuel Macron's resolution to dissolve the National Assembly opens “a new phase”. “In a democracy, we are not afraid of the vote of the French,” he stated. However, it’s “not sure that it is completely healthy for the President of the Republic to carry out a legislative campaign”, as a consequence of his place as head of state, whereas Emmanuel Macron should launch that of the bulk throughout a press convention on Wednesday.