Éric Ciotti, the president of the Republicans, confirmed on Sunday the refusal of his party to participate in an enlargement of the presidential majority. ” That question […] could have arisen the day after the last legislative elections but neither Emmanuel Macron nor LR wanted it. I don’t see what would change this equation today,” explained the MP in an interview with the Figarowhile warning that “any individual poaching will contribute to a radicalization of positions”.
Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday entrusted Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne with the mission “to widen the majority”, which promises to be particularly difficult given the damage caused by the forceps adoption of the pension reform.
“Strong and coherent right”
“We were elected in opposition to Emmanuel Macron, on respect for a strong and coherent right. This is what will continue to guide me, insists the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes. The Republicans constitute the only and last alternative in the face of the terrifying clash between Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen which is looming in the second round of the presidential election, in 2027”.
The Republicans appeared more divided than ever after the use of 49.3 on the pension reform, nineteen LR deputies out of 61 having voted for a motion of censure against the government, against the current of their leaders. According to Éric Ciotti, some wanted to “first express their opposition to Emmanuel Macron” while others “attempted a personal escape”, which he “understands less”.