Officially reelected on Friday at the head of the Ile-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse (Libres!) Called for a “truly decentralized France” and announced that she wanted to put 80% of her commitments on track by the end of the summer, when she will say whether or not she is a candidate for the presidential election.
The president (ex-LR) was re-elected with an absolute majority by 125 regional advisers out of 209, that is to say the 102 of her group (Libres !, LR and MoDem dissidents) and the 23 of the UDI group, against Paul Vannier (LFI) who wanted to send a “resistance signal” and got 12 votes.
The other elected left (53 in total), the RN (16) and LREM (15) voted blank or null, or did not take part in the vote.
“The historic abstention which marked this election (…) tells us a lot about the hyper-centralization of powers”, declared the former minister of Nicolas Sarkozy for whom the “lesson of management” of the Covid epidemic -19, “is that centralism is at the end of its rope”.
“In this crisis, our region has shown itself to be more agile than the State,” said Ms. Pécresse. It proposes in particular that Pôle Emploi be “decentralized” and the regional health agencies (ARS) placed under the responsibility of the regions in order to achieve “a new France, (…) truly decentralized and liberated”.
Ms. Pécresse, potential right-wing rival for 2022 of Xavier Bertrand and Laurent Wauquiez, also re-elected in Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, said she wanted to vote and start applying 80% of her program ” by the end of the summer “:” Covid debt cancellation for 7,000 companies “, bonus of 6,000 euros for the purchase of a clean vehicle, doubling of” regional security brigades “in high schools, creation of ‘a regional agency for general interest work (TIG) and a regional health mutual … “In 2027, all high schools will be new or renovated,” she also re-engaged.
On the sidelines of the meeting, the elected Communists, seven in number, confirmed to AFP that they wanted to form their own group independently of the rebels, a decision that Clémentine Autain (LFI), candidate for both parties, “absolutely regrets”.
“We campaigned together,” added Paul Vannier who considers “inconsistent” this decision which is still conditional on the lowering in the new regulations of the threshold, so far set at eight elected, to form a group.
Head of communist elected officials, Céline Malaisé explained to AFP wanting to “express the political diversity within the left” and “bring to life a political legacy”.
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