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LR Congress: Valérie Pécresse, the feminine asset – Presidential: everything on the Congress of Republicans

That morning, Valérie Pécresse began her daily marathon with a debate near the Champs-Élysées, at the Concorde foundation. A liberal “think tank” (literally reservoir of thought) created by Michel Rousseau, twenty years ago. It unfolds its program, in front of an acquired assistance, but the embellishment of some well-felt formulas of the kind: “In energy matters, Macron is tango, one step forward, two steps back” (about the mini nuclear reactors whose launch he announced). The best-known quote is obviously the reproach made to the Head of State for having “burned the fund”.

Like Xavier Bertrand, she therefore reserves her arrows for the President of the Republic, whom she accuses of lacking a backbone and of communicating too much instead of “doing”, according to a narcissistic behavior less widespread among women. The president of the regional council of Ile-de-France conquered with a hard fight continues her day with a press conference. And drives the point home: “Our companies do not export, are no longer competitive. Public finances are out of control, ”she said, pointing out that since Nicolas Sarkozy, who was after Jacques Chirac her mentor, and made her a Minister of Higher Education, we have accumulated a trillion additional debt.

Same observation on the recovery plan that it compares to sprinkling because deindustrialised France no longer has the means for the great technological ambitions which, in the time of General de Gaulle and Georges Pompidou, saw the creation of Arianespace, the TGV , Concorde… and Airbus. Except to recreate room for maneuver, by not renewing the hiring of 200,000 civil servant positions as Sarkozy had done. We are far from the 500,000 announced by Fillon but it is better than Macron who did not remove any. “The big projects have lagged behind fantastically. The strategist State has balls in its feet, it is hampered ”, launches the former minister who established the autonomy of the universities.

“One third Thatcher, two thirds Merkel”

The one who describes herself as “one-third Thatcher and two-thirds Merkel” is first and foremost a diligent student who likes a job well done. His father, Dominique Roux, one of the founders of Dauphine, an authoritative economist, attends all of his meetings. Like that evening when she was received by the Federation of Republicans of Ile-de-France at the party’s headquarters, rue de Vaugirard, in the 15th arrondissement. Concealing their differences, she welcomes “the formidable work of opposition that Rachida (Dati) is carrying out against Hidalgo who crossed the ring road and realized that the French need their car”, she said, before concluding: “We all love both boxing but she’s better than me. “

Exactly, François Hollande, who had dinner with Valérie Pécresse last summer in Corrèze, says that she has the best Republican program. The most concrete and which does not have the modesty of gazelle, neither on the reductions of civil servant posts, nor on the moratorium on immigration for which it forced Michel Barnier to come out of his artistic vagueness. Deemed offensive during the four debates which took place courteously with her four competitors, the president of the Ile-de-France regional council not having been able to overtake Xavier Bertrand, who left for the campaign earlier, hopes to create a surprise on December 4 next, especially since his federation is the one that has inflated the score of new members the most.

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