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  Eric Ciotti, as he leaves the headquarters of the Les Républicains party, in Paris, June 13, 2024.

LFor a very long time, the French proper has been capable of think about experiencing moments straight out of a Shakespearean tragedy. After the blinding of May 68, the previous General de Gaulle strolling within the coronary heart of the Irish moors, in a suspended second between the tip of energy and demise. In 1976, Jacques Chirac slammed the door of Matignon earlier than stabbing the outgoing president, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, within the again. Each decade, its conflict between totally different branches of the household: the previous guard attempting to push apart Pompidou's entourage, the Chiraquians taking revenge on the balladurians, the Sarkozysts pushing out the Chiraquo-Villepinists… Nothing was performed out with speckled foils. The knives had been drawn earlier than the eyes of French individuals preoccupied with seeing which inheritor would conquer the Elysée.

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Since the election of François Hollande, the Gaullist household has left energy, with out abandoning the fratricidal struggles. Copeists towards Fillonists in 2012, Fillonists towards the remainder of the world in 2017, Macron-compatible towards supporters of the historic line… But, supreme humiliation for this get together which based and dominated the Ve Republic, its political dramas at the moment are mocked.

At the tip of the European election of June 9, Eric Ciotti, president of the Les Républicains (LR) get together, dedicated essentially the most critical electoral act within the historical past of his formation by allying himself with the acute proper, irreducible enemy of General de Gaulle. Wednesday morning, he bunkered down by closing the doorways of the get together headquarters in entrance of the cameras. And the sidewalk turns into a theater. Vice-president Florence Portelli and the outgoing deputy for Lot Aurélien Pradié rush there, talk about a “crazy show” and are ironic concerning the “EMS”the one solution to get the madman out. A number of hours later, the overall secretary Annie Genevard comes with the spare keys and reopens the doorways.

A pantomime

Thursday, as if nothing had occurred, in entrance of the identical journalists, the deputy for Alpes-Maritimes reappears, is filmed in his white and empty workplace, earlier than exhibiting himself on the window. The movies are relayed, “liked”, accompanied by popcorn smileys… Far from energy, the tragedy turns into a pantomime. As if Monty Python reinterpreted Hamlet And THE King Lear.

An impression of vaudeville which mustn’t, nevertheless, cover the significance of the second. Despite the unanimous protests of the tenors, this sequence, apparently surreal, is by no means illogical. Because the submission of the president of LR to the National Rally (RN), an act of non-public survival to avoid wasting his constituency, is above all of the end result of a gradual semantic and ideological drift of the French proper.

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