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Aurélien Pradié, LR deputy for Lot, during the holding of the political office of the Les Républicains party, at the Social Museum, in Paris, June 12, 2024.

During the pension reform, in 2023, Aurélien Pradié (Les Républicains, LR) challenged the authority of Eric Ciotti. The affair had value him his place as quantity two within the get together. This Wednesday, he voted, like the complete political bureau, to exclude the president of LR, after the announcement of the latter's settlement with the National Rally (RN). For the 38-year-old elected official, this disaster have to be a chance for the Republican proper to rebuild itself. And why not with a brand new get together title.

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What does the exclusion of Eric Ciotti imply for the Republicans?

Right-wing leaders made this determination unanimously for the primary time in a very long time. Perhaps when the important is at stake, everybody manages to erase their small variations. When you’re a political chief like Eric Ciotti and, to avoid wasting your little place, you sacrifice the historical past of the Gaullist proper which has by no means related itself with the intense proper, you’re one of many actors within the rotting habits in political life and also you flout its code of honor.

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We have change into accustomed to betrayals of all types. Leaving one's household for a ministerial submit has change into the rule, when earlier than it was the exception. I feared that this basic environment would give concepts to some folks. This was the case for Eric Ciotti. The tragedy is the gradual habituation to the worst in our democracy.

But you at all times privately suspected him of being able to “sell out” for a ministerial submit…

Yes, I felt him tempted by Macronie after the retirement episode, in 2023. But all this provides to his shame. Being capable of promote your self to anybody makes you a real opportunist. Basically, as politics now not had any management over the modifications on the planet, solely essentially the most derisory half remained: honors. Like the flashing gentle on the minister's automobile.

Can this unprecedented disaster show helpful for LR?

The proper was too hesitant to say its independence and partly dreaming of a authorities that it now not is, it sought to control in any respect prices. Yesterday, by flirting with Macronie, right this moment, for Eric Ciotti, by allying with Marine Le Pen. It's the identical phenomenon. This episode may very well be yr zero of the re-foundation of a Gaullist proper or the tip of historical past.

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Eric Ciotti says that the activists approve of this settlement with the RN and desires them to vote. Do you concern that your place might be disavowed by your base?

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