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The Les Républicains social gathering, near implosion, skilled a “surreal” day on Wednesday, with executives in open struggle in opposition to their president Éric Ciotti, remoted in his option to ally with the National Rally however decided to remain in workplace, regardless of his exclusion.

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An episode worthy of the very best political sequence: a frontrunner who barricades himself and refuses to go away the ship, candidates on the verge of a nervous breakdown and executives who’re distressed by a “ridiculous” spectacle…

The disaster that started on Monday with the announcement of Eric Ciotti's alliance with the National Rally resumed with a vengeance on Wednesday June 12 within the morning: LR executives need to exclude Éric Ciotti, the boss hated for having determined, alone, to collaborate with the RN in early legislative elections.

Even extra mindless, he ordered the closure of the Republican headquarters to “guarantee the safety of staff”. At midday sharp, the big blue doorways of 4, place du Palais Bourbon shut. The employees are out, safety shouldn’t be answering the intercom… General secretary Annie Genevard will solely reopen the gate after 5 p.m. with a reproduction key, in a brand new, astonishing scene.

In a couple of hours, the Gaullist social gathering uncovered its divisions in broad daylight, taking part in a rating not less than as mindless because the memorable election of the top of the UMP in 2012, when Jean-François Copé and François Fillon competed for the presidency in knives drawn.

“We’re among the crazy”

But the place has Eric Ciotti gone? “He is hiding in the questure”, his workplace within the Assembly, replies an LR supply.

a part of his workforce deserted him: “He didn’t consult anyone. He hid it even from us,” says one who resigned. “He has two collaborators left.”

“We’re among the crazy,” booms Lot deputy Aurélien Pradié. “We’ll call Jordan Bardella to get him out of his office,” he quips. At his facet, Vice-President Florence Portelli wonders if it could not be higher to “call Samu”.

The different political forces don't miss a beat. The Minister of Housing Guillaume Kasbarian, the bearer of an anti-squatter legislation criticized final yr, quips: “Attention Éric Ciotti, for a year, the procedure in cases of squatting has been accelerated.”

“Do you realize how ridiculous LR looks today? Some are telling us to send a locksmith,” despairs Agnès Evren, senator from Paris.

It's nearly 3 p.m., the pack of journalists has moved 500 meters. Head to the social museum, a documentation middle higher suited to welcoming all of the elite of the Republican proper for an important political workplace.

This one arrives united: Gérard Larcher, Laurent Wauquiez, Xavier Bertrand, Bruno Retailleau, Valérie Pécresse… And the anger is palpable: “There is no place for traitors and Putsch-style putsches”, says the 2022 presidential candidate.

Passersby are shocked. “Is it a film?” asks a girl.

“It’s a mess, I don’t know where we’re going”

Éric Ciotti continues to be not there, however two bailiffs have been despatched by the boss to observe the holding of this assembly.

The crush is such that the police attempt to disperse the group on the exact second when the managers come out to announce the exclusion of the boss, determined unanimously.

But the response is rapid: the latter judges this resolution “illegal”, identical to the investiture fee held instantly, and insists that he “remains” president.

No one has any illusions: the authorized battle over the interpretation of LR's statutes and rules guarantees to be robust.

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“It’s totally irresponsible and murderous to initiate this debate 18 days before an election, when we have 60 outgoing voters playing their cards in their constituency,” complains senator LR Philippe Tabarot. “It’s surreal.”

In the prevailing stoop, future right-wing candidates are at a loss: will they be formally nominated? How to react to RN approaches?

“It’s a mess, I don’t know where we’re going. We have no information,” confirms an worker of an outgoing MP.

“We are all stunned,” worries Marie-Christine Dalloz, who’s going again into fight within the Jura and plans to take action with out a label. The outgoing MP provides fatalistically: “I would rather lose with my values ​​than win by giving them up.”

With AFP