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  Michèle Tabarot, Bruno Retailleau, Annie Genevard and Laurent Wauquiez go out to make a statement at the party headquarters, in Paris, on June 12, 2024.

“You might have to help me push.” » It’s 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, Annie Genevard might have twice the keys, however the portal of a celebration like Les Républicains (LR) weighs its weight, not solely symbolically. At midday, Eric Ciotti had requested its closure for “guarantee the safety of staff”. Still social gathering chief, he has retreated into his Paris workplace, deserted by everybody, even his closest collaborators, since his determination on Tuesday to just accept an electoral alliance with the National Rally (RN) within the early legislative elections.

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With the assistance of the Lot deputy Aurélien Pradié, and the social gathering treasurer, Daniel Fasquelle, the final secretary ended up coming into, as if to regain possession of the premises due to the duplicate given by a former collaborator of Mr. Ciotti. “Collaborates!” Long stay France ! Ciotti president! “, chants a young activist in favor of the “union of the rights”. No one picks up. Nothing surprises anymore on this day when LR puts on a show. “We are among the crazy”, sighs a party employee.

A few minutes earlier, at the end of a political office, Mme Genevard had announced the unanimous exclusion of Eric Ciotti, “in total break with the statutes and the line supported by LR”.

“He was always alone”

The new headquarters of the right-wing party, which had moved at the beginning of the year to Place du Palais-Bourbon, in Paris, was to be an opportunity to turn the page on the electoral defeats associated with the old HQ, this vessel that had become a ghost of the rue de Vaugirard. Location, also, of the political vaudeville between François Fillon and Jean-François Copé for the presidency of the UMP in 2012. Failure.

Behind the heavy blue gate, Eric Ciotti is no longer there. He joined his quaestorship premises in the National Assembly. From one office to another, he refuses to resign, locked in his solitude. “He was always alone, we were his only entourage”, sighs a former close collaborator, who has resigned, like almost all of this young guard. There are two of them who stayed with their boss. In the evening, the Niçois denounces a “putsch” on CNews, a channel where the union of the rights has good press. “I know that I have the confidence of the activists”, he says. And to denounce the political office as a “cenacle of feathered hats” the legality of which he denies and of which he announces that he wants to take “judicial action”.

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Did Eric Ciotti watch this humorous spectacle from his workplace? At the start of the afternoon, all of the tenors of LR went down the little road Las Cases, within the 7e district, in the direction of the Social Museum, the placement of a political workplace resembling a trial in absentia of the social gathering chief. A motorist will get impatient, blocked by a site visitors jam of cameras, round Valérie Pécresse who rolls up her sleeves earlier than blurting out: “There isn’t any room for traitors or small-time coups. »

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