“I have decided to fully commit myself alongside Éric Zemmour in the presidential campaign because I deeply believe in his candidacy, his project and his strategy,” says Nicolas Bay in Le Figaro. The far-right candidate must make a trip to Normandy on Saturday, Nicolas Bay’s chosen land where he is a regional councilor.
The RN had suspended the MEP from his duties on Tuesday, pushing him to leave by accusing him of “sabotage” for having transmitted “strategic elements” to Éric Zemmour, which the person concerned denies.
Three other MEPs – Jérôme Rivière, Gilbert Collard and Maxette Pirbakas – have already joined the candidate Reconquête!, followed on Sunday by the only senator RN Stéphane Ravier, as well as by several regional advisers.
Nicolas Bay, member until Tuesday of the national office (direction) of the movement, estimates in Le Figaro that “these last years (at the RN) have been punctuated by sidelining and often organized ruptures”. He notably cited the niece of Marine Le Pen, Marion Maréchal, who had left the party in May 2017, just after the presidential election, and to whom he is ideologically close, holding a more identity-based, more conservative and more liberal line on the economic plan than Marine le Pen.
“This reflects an operating problem: the refusal of any form of internal debate (…) imperviousness to the slightest questioning, and, ultimately, witchcraft trials and erected stakes”, develops the elected conservative.
I got involved in politics at the age of 14 for ideas and values: that is where my loyalty lies. Faced with the renunciations of Marine Le Pen, I decided to join the dynamic of Éric Zemmour?? https://t.co/4gHXa9PSR3
— Nicolas Bay (@NicolasBay_) February 16, 2022
While Marine Le Pen accuses him of “disloyalty”, Nicolas Bay explains that the “true infidelity” towards voters is “to give up denouncing the yoke of the European Court of Human Rights, to the leaving Schengen, at the end of dual nationality, accepting PMA without a father”. “These multiple reversals and setbacks have helped to demobilize our voters,” he said.
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