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While the saga of the eviction or not of Éric Ciotti from the presidency of the Les Républicains celebration has lasted for 2 days, the courts have now been seized and a brand new political bureau is assembly. And within the midst of this droop, François-Xavier Bellamy deemed it applicable to affirm that he would “of course” vote for the National Rally within the occasion of a duel towards the brand new Popular Front of the left.

“I am president of the party, I am going to my office,” declared, Thursday June 13, the president or ex-president – ​​who is ready to say that? – from the Les Républicains (LR) celebration, Éric Ciotti, arriving at his celebration headquarters. A brand new episode on this cleaning soap opera worthy of the political collection “House of Cards” or “Black Baron” and whose twists and turns proceed to observe each other day-to-day.

“It’s a bit lunar, but he’s courageous,” commented dwell on BFMTV Guilhem Carayon, president of the Young Republicans and one of many uncommon declared supporters of Éric Ciotti.

Excluded on June 12 from LR by a political workplace accusing him of his announcement, the day earlier than, of an alliance between his celebration and the National Rally, Éric Ciotti challenges its authorized validity and introduced Thursday morning that he had referred the matter to the judicial courtroom of Paris “to contest this decision which makes no sense”.

“The coup is those who do not respect the statutes, he added. There was no political office yesterday, but a meeting of people who met themselves outside of any framework.”

On site, a source within the party indicated that Eric Ciotti had a bailiff note who among the 50 employees was still obeying his orders, and specified that the wifi had been cut before the arrival of the deposed president, according to the 'AFP.

“It’s a distressing sight.”

A couple of minutes later, the celebration despatched a press launch to tell of the holding of a brand new political workplace “to validate” the exclusion of Eric Ciotti. “We have very largely collected more than a quarter of the signatures of the LR national advisors who cover the national territory, demonstrating that the executives, activists and members do not support an agreement with the RN”, indicates the press release, adding that “the end is close” for the previous deputy for Alpes-Maritimes.

“It’s a distressing spectacle,” regrets Paris senator Agnès Évren. “I can't tell you what's going to happen now. Things never happen the way we think they're going to happen. All of this reminds me of the Cocoe era and the Copé-Fillon war. When we do putting positions before principles does not honor politics.”

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The Parisian elected official refers to the Commission for the organization and control of electoral operations (Cocoe) of the Les Républicains party. She found herself at the center of the news in the fall of 2012, when she was responsible for deciding between Jean-François Copé and François Fillon, who both claimed victory for the party presidency. Elected officials and LR executives were then torn apart, already offering a spectacle of twists and turns which ended up leading to the victory of Jean-François Copé with 98 votes difference.

Vice-president of LR, Florence Portelli prefers to ironize about the events which punctuated the day of Wednesday, in particular the closure of the party headquarters by Éric Ciotti. “When we barricade ourselves in a seat and we don't know that the final secretary has double the keys, it's fairly worrying about her potential to handle the safety issues of the French… It's nonetheless fairly grotesque. It's OSS 117”, she commented on Thursday morning on France Inter, apologizing to voters for this “fairly grotesque vaudeville”.

François-Xavier Bellamy prefers the dam on the left relatively than the far proper

Despite the unbelievable aspect of the affair, the stakes are excessive for the celebration: figuring out whether or not or to not make an alliance with the intense proper and figuring out whether or not or to not name for a vote for the far proper. All the figures nonetheless current at LR – Gérard Larcher, Xavier Bertrand, Valérie Pécresse, Laurent Wauquiez, Aurélien Pradié, Jean-François Copé specifically – have all condemned Éric Ciotti's announcement referring to an alliance with the RN.

But the interim president of the celebration and former head of the record within the European elections, François-Xavier Bellamy, declared Thursday morning on Europe 1 that he would “of course” vote for the Lepéniste celebration towards a candidate from the left alliance of the Popular Front if he was in a constituency the place LR was absent from the second spherical of the legislative elections. “I will do everything to prevent La France insoumise from coming to power,” he declared, including that “the real danger for France is the coming to power of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.”

If he’s not speaking about an alliance however solely a couple of option to be made throughout a second spherical of the legislative elections, this declaration from François-Xavier Bellamy is more likely to sow confusion. The tenors of the appropriate have the truth is invoked the determine of General de Gaulle to castigate Eric Ciotti's choice.

“When you are a political leader like Éric Ciotti and, to save your little place, you sacrifice the history of the Gaullist right, which has never associated itself with the extreme right, you are one of the actors in the rotting of behavior in political life and you flout its code of honor”, declared the previous deputy of Lot, Aurélien Pradié, in an interview revealed Thursday by Le Monde.

Let us additionally keep in mind that the primary Republican roadblock, in 2002, consisted of asking left-wing voters to vote for Jacques Chirac within the second spherical of the presidential election to stop a victory for Jean-Marie Le Pen.

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Contacted by France 24 to search out out if this place of François-Xavier Bellamy was now the official celebration line, Annie Genevard, interim co-president, most popular to kick in. “The line is that we will do everything to avoid having to referee a Mélenchon-Le Pen duel in the second round. This is the very meaning of our fight,” she replied, recalling “that there’s a first spherical” to justify his non-response on the perspective to undertake for LR within the occasion of a conflict within the second spherical between an RN candidate and a Popular Front candidate.

For his half, Éric Ciotti will need to have lunch with Jordan Bardella, boss of the National Rally. In a combative temper, he revealed a video at noon on the social community