Xavier Bertrand has ruled: he will be a presidential candidate, at all costs. On the set of the TF1 newspaper, the president of the Hauts-de-France region, just re-elected, rejected the idea of participating in a primary on the right, while several top Republicans demanded it. “I am a candidate for the presidential election, a candidate to be President of the Republic”, “I would not be a candidate for the primary”, he confirmed. And to specify: “I will be candidate for a single mandate. “
“The primary left only good memories on the right, it was a source of divisions, justified on TF1 Xavier Bertrand. Last time, everyone who had gone through the primaries was eliminated in the first round. “And to add:” I am convinced that a candidate of the Republican right, there will be only one. “” I want to bring together the talents of the right “, also added the boss of Hauts-de-France.
The Republicans have been stepping up calls in recent days to organize an open primary. Monday evening, Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR), Laurent Wauquiez and Bruno Retailleau, all three potential presidential candidates, co-signed with the boss of the Centrists Hervé Morin a platform in Le Figaro to demand “as soon as possible” the organization of ‘an open primary from the right and the center. “The providential man or woman that some hoped for did not impose himself”, they assert.
A political office was held this Tuesday among the Republicans to address the subject. “We are going to get things serious, initiate a tie-breaking process to choose the best candidate behind whom we all line up,” had promised just before Agnès Evren, one of the vice-presidents of LR. The president of the party, Christian Jacob, had already defined the broad outlines at the end of June: vast opinion study launched at the end of August, decision on a possible tie-breaking system at the end of September, then nomination of the candidate in November. There “cannot be two candidates from the right and from the center” and the candidates must “agree”, he insisted at the end of the political office.
“The strength to go out and meet all French people”
Xavier Bertrand had declared his candidacy in March. “In the current situation in France, I believe that it is my duty”, he justified, fixing as only condition to his adventure towards the Elysee his re-election in Hauts-de-France. Reelected at the end of June with more than 52% of the vote, notably against the RN, Xavier Bertrand had launched into the battle as soon as his victory was announced: “These results give me the strength to meet all the French. “