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Invited this Tuesday morning on France Inter, Gérard Larcher defended the idea of ​​a primary on the right, “only method” in his eyes to “decide” the presidential candidates of 2022. “When there is plurality of candidacy, I know only one method, it is to decide between these candidates ”,“ a process validated by the political office of LR ”, affirmed the president of the Senate. “I’m not a fanatic to be a primary fanatic, but I don’t know of any other process when there are legitimate candidates,” he continued. In Le Figaro, he had already said he wanted a “rallying primary”, which “must be a real debate of ideas” and “appeased”.

Decision September 25

Gérard Larcher recalled on France Inter that The Republicans had “a calendar, a method”. “We will choose a candidate, and then we will support them.” LR must decide on the organization or not of a primary during a congress on September 25, with the aim of appointing its candidate at the end of November. Larcher said he was convinced that the tie-breaker was going to “clear up”.

On Monday, the former Minister of Justice Rachida Dati had asked the Republicans to “close the hypothesis of the primary”, regretting that his party did not learn “from (his) experience and (his) past mistakes concerning the primary: hatreds, divisions, slingshots ”. As for Xavier Bertrand, who refuses to participate in a primary, Gérard Larcher recalled that “everyone agrees, Xavier Bertrand first, so that there is only one candidate”. In addition to Bertrand, are also right-wing candidates Valérie Pécresse, Michel Barnier, Philippe Juvin, Denis Payre and Éric CiottiÉ On the other hand, if this were not the case at the end of the year, “we will put each other in front of their responsibility. », Dropped Larcher.

Larcher dismisses Zemmour

The President of the Senate also ruled out the idea that the polemicist Éric Zemmour is participating in a right-wing primary: “For me, it’s no. We do not share the same values, the same outlook on society ”.

On France Info, the deputy Eric Ciotti also expressed his preference for a primary, and seemed to rule out a candidacy of Eric Zemmour, who “does not belong to (his) political family”. He reiterated his desire to promote “ideas that cut the tap of lukewarm water” especially on immigration.

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