Xavier Bertrand put an end to the suspense. The president of Hauts-de-France announced Monday, October 11 that he would participate in the Congress of Republicans (LR) aimed at appointing the right-wing presidential candidate, invoking his desire to ” to assemble ” his political family. “I will participate in the congress” of December 4, he said on TF1, because “This is the only way to have a candidate from the right and the center as quickly as possible”.
I will be a candidate for the congress @The Republicans. This congress is the only way to get a candidate from the right and the center as quickly as possible. Divided, we are sure to lose. Together we can win and I want to win. # JT20Hpic.twitter.com/Sst9dZxns2
– Xavier Bertrand (@xavierbertrand) October 11, 2021
This announcement ends weeks of uncertainty. Xavier Bertrand, launched in the race in the spring, repeated so far his opposition to the primary, convinced that the presidential election is the meeting between a man and the French.
→ READ. Presidential 2022: Xavier Bertrand calls for the rally behind his candidacy
“The easy way out was to go it alone” corn “I did not want to make this choice because, in my DNA, there is gathering and there is union”, explained Xavier Bertrand, who left LR in 2017, in the TF1 news. “I want to bring together all the French, so I have to start with my political family”, he added, hammering that “Divided we are sure to lose, united we can win and I want to win”.
Relief at LR
His decision, announced two days before the deadline for submitting nominations, elicited immense relief from LR, who feared the specter of a deadly double candidacy for the right.
→ PRACTICAL. Presidential 2022: who are the candidates already declared?
“I welcome the decision of Xavier Bertrand” because “When the right is united and united, it wins”, assured the president of the party Christian Jacob. ” It’s the choice of gathering, panache and winning ”, added the boss of deputies LR Damien Abad.
Among the other candidates for the congress, the LR deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Éric Ciotti welcomed” with force “a “Historic moment”, and the LR mayor of La Garenne-Colombes Philippe Juvin a ” wise decision “, who“Considerably strengthens the camp of the right and the center”. The president of the Île-de-France region Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR) and the former European negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier (LR) – also candidates – had meanwhile several times in recent days called on Xavier Bertrand to play the collective game in the name of the ” loyalty “.
A long process will now open for the candidates in the running, marked by the collection of 250 sponsorships and the hearing of each of them, before the congress of December 4.