January 18, 2022 9:42 pm

Valérie Pécresse wins the conservative primaries for the presidency of France




Valerie Pécresse (54 years old) has been elected candidate of Los Republicanos (right) for the presidency of the Republic. For the first time in the political history of France, a woman can be elected head of state in the elections next April.

After a long and complex process of primary elections, Pécresse and Eric Ciotti (56 years old) were the two finalists, last Friday from LR. Two days later, more than 80% of the 140,000 members of the historic right-wing party elected the president of the Ile-de-France region (Paris and its periphery) as a conservative candidate for head of state.

Ciotti embodied a ‘hard’ right, close in some points to the extreme right of Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour. Pécresse, former minister and collaborator of Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy, embodies a liberal political line in the economic and energetic in the defense of national, internal and external security.

The first president?

The presidents of France have only been elected by direct election since the constitution of the Fifth Republic, between 1958 and 1962. Since then, only Ségolène Royal, a socialist, had reached the final stretch of a presidential election. It was eliminated by Nicolas Sarkozy.

Five months before the next presidential election, Valerie Pécresse is in a unique, unprecedented position: in a France far to the right, with the left fallen in a historic crisis, the party of General de Gaulle, Pompidou, Giscard, Chirac and Sarkozy, elects a woman as a candidate for the head of state.

Pécresse will be accompanied, in that adventure, uncertain, necessarily, by a united right that awaits its great revenge. Pécresse’s first political motto is this: “Unity, security, employment.”

Emmanuel Macron, president, Marine Le Pen (far right), Éric Zemmour (ultra right) are Pécresse’s main rivals. The conservative morning Le Figaro Macron considers Pécresse his “most fearsome” rival.

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