Jean Sol sparked a controversy after declaring that, if the Republicans won on Sunday, he did not rule out the possibility that an RN executive would occupy a vice-presidency within the Departmental Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales.
While the leadership of the Les Républicains party excludes any compromise with the National Rally, the leader of the right-wing party in the departmental elections in the Pyrénées-Orientales declared not to rule out an alliance with the RN after the second round, thus triggering a controversy.
“Democracy means that at a given moment you have to be able to work with all the good will, around a project, in the service of our department, without exception, nor sectarianism”, declared the senator Jean Sol, questioned on a possible alliance with the RN after June 27 during a debate organized on the evening of June 24 by France Bleu.
It is possible to work with all the good will
A few hours after this debate, the campaign team clarified the words of the leader of the right and the center: Jean Sol does not rule out working with the RN, but he does not rule out working with the left, as specified by France Info.
If he could rise to the head of the department at the end of the ballot, Jean Sol does not rule out the possibility that an RN executive occupies a vice-presidency within the Departmental Council. “This could be done, in appeasement, on the basis of a representativeness of the different sensitivities and on the pooling of skills. […] It is possible to work with all the good will. As far as I’m concerned [la porte] is open, ”said Jean Sol.
The RN has great ambitions in this department, after having conquered the city of Perpignan.
The first secretary of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure was indignant at this position. “Jean Sol, who has the support of both Jean Castex and Christian Jacob, announced very quietly that he was ready for an agreement with the National Rally to beat the left in this department”, he denounced in a video posted to Twitter.
“At the very moment when we made the choice of withdrawal in Paca, the choice of the Republican roadblock, now these hypocrites are cracking this republican front in the department where Louis Aliot was already elected mayor a year ago in Perpignan, ”continued the deputy, asking the Republicans to withdraw the LR nomination from Jean Sol.