Éric Ciotti beat Bruno Retailleau at the post. The weight of the Alpes-Maritimes federation, the fact that Aurélien Pradié did not support the president of the LR group in the Senate, made the difference. It is also a setback for Gérard Larcher, who had encouraged Retailleau to come forward to counter the right-handed “drift” of Ciotti. Which was more in tune with the radicalization of the party base. Even if the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes had taken care not to display too divisive options during this last campaign in order to better unite. For the “Little thing” who grew up in the shadow of the mayor of Nice, the macronist Christian Estrosi from whom he emancipated himself, the score is not Bonapartist and the difficulties begin. Bringing together a party shaken by three successive failures in the presidential elections (Sarkozy, Fillon, Pécresse), which lost half of its deputies in the last legislative elections, and whose new president is already relying on Laurent Wauquiez to compete for the supreme magistracy: a vast program resembling the labors of Hercules. Moreover, what strategy to adopt: Retailleau wanted, like Pradié, to turn the page on Sarkozy. Which still advocates a government agreement with the majority Renaissance party. Ciotti, he did not seem hostile to “the union of the rights.” We will have to decide and show courage. It is understandable that he hesitates to serve as a lifeline to a government whose difficulties are accumulating. But if the interest of this country, close to bankruptcy, requires it?
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