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Eric Ciotti, contested leader of the Les Républicains (LR) party, at party headquarters in Paris, June 13, 2024.

Justice has spoken, I am president of the Republicans », welcomed Eric Ciotti to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Friday June 14, after the Paris judicial court temporarily invalidated his exclusion from the presidency of the party.

His exclusion was announced on Wednesday June 12 at the end of a political office the day after the announcement of an agreement with the National Rally for the legislative elections, then validated during a new meeting of party leaders in the morning of Friday June 14. The elected official took legal action, deeming the meeting of executives illegal.

At the end of a confusing hearing, the court “orders the suspension of the effects of the two definitive exclusions pronounced against Eric Ciotti on June 12 and 14”knowledgeable the courtroom, specifying that this suspension was solely price “until a final decision on the merits is rendered”. The decrease courtroom should be seized “within eight days” by “the most diligent part”affirmed the courtroom, in any other case “the suspension measure ordered will lapse”.

The courtroom additionally refused to rule on the ban on utilizing the Republican logos and model imposed by the celebration in opposition to Eric Ciotti. The latter, excluded after his announcement of alliance with the National Rally, had taken abstract proceedings to problem this measure.

The courtroom's resolution comes as functions for the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7 should be submitted by Sunday June 16 to the prefecture.

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A “putsch”

Mr. Ciotti's attorneys requested that the Alpes-Maritimes deputy be capable of entry the celebration places of work and thus have management over investiture selections. ” The statuses [de LR] present that the request for sanction be registered by the president. “Did the president request his own exclusion? I do not believe that” “, argued his lawyer Philippe Prigent at the hearing.

According to the lawyer, the political bureau could only be convened at the request of Mr. Ciotti or that “at least a quarter of the national advisors” celebration. “The political bureau met in defiance of the texts”he argued. “I have never litigated a case where there were so many irregularities in twenty-four hours”he assured. “Nothing allows François-Xavier Bellamy [vice-président de LR] and to Annie Genevard [la secrétaire générale] to lead the party. There is no legal basis for usurping power and making decisions. (…) It’s particularly serious”he added, denouncing a “putsch”.

Philippe Torre, lawyer for LR pro-Ciotti, assured that“no statutory provision allowed a political office to designate a person as interim president”.

LR's different lawyer, Benoît Verger, who defends the opposing celebration, estimated that by saying an electoral alliance with the National Rally for the early legislative elections Eric Ciotti had decided ” lonely “ who sowed ” stupor “ inside his coaching.


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The lawyer is categorical: Mr. Ciotti “did not have statutory power” to make such an alliance resolution with the RN. The deputy for Alpes-Maritimes dedicated “a serious fault” for which he was “sanctioned”, defined Mr. Verger. Mr. Ciotti “violated the statutes” of his personal celebration by altering his “political orientation”he insisted.

While its leaders are torn aside, LR continues the inaugurations of its candidates within the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7. In a press launch launched Thursday, June 13, the celebration assured that it had already designated greater than 200 candidates, together with the 59 outgoing deputies who didn’t comply with their president.

For his half, the president of the RN, Jordan Bardella, introduced Friday that“there will be a common candidate” RN-Republicans “in 70 constituencies” throughout the first spherical, June 30.

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