Carrying the project on the right of a “reconciled France”, the former negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier (LR) announced his candidacy for the presidential election of 2022, he declared this Thursday, on TF1 and in an interview with Figaro.
Among the axes of his project, Michel Barnier spoke on TF1 about the idea of ”limiting immigration and controlling it” and “putting work, merit at the center of our society” as well as the fight against “climate change. which will turn everything upside down ”.
A “moratorium” on immigration
“I am a candidate to be a president who respects the French and who makes France respect. We are in demanding times. The world around us is dangerous, unstable, fragile. Our country is doing badly. We need an alternation to reconcile, put together and really act ”, he explained to the Figaro posted on Thursday evening. While the Taliban have regained power in Kabul, France “obviously has a moral duty to grant asylum” to “those who have worked for it”, he said.
But “it must also be said that we will not welcome everyone”, he said, repeating his desire for a “moratorium” on immigration the time to “overhaul all the procedures” and to come to an agreement with the countries of origin “so that they contribute to controlling migratory flows in return for our development aid”. He also pleaded for “stepping up the fight against jihadism everywhere” and increasing the defense and research effort to “3% of the GDP”.
Four candidates in the race
His entry into the running comes a few hours after that of the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti, and brings to four (with Valérie Pécresse and Philippe Juvin) the number of candidates for a primary, that LR will resolve to organize at the end of November if no one is present. comes off naturally. Laurent Wauquiez on the other hand gave up in the evening to “not add division to the division”, and Bruno Retailleau should make his decision known very soon.
Michel Barnier, 70, led the Brexit negotiations for the European Union after having been a deputy, senator, and having sat in several right-wing governments in France in the 1990s and 2000s, with various portfolios (European Affairs, foreign, Environment, Agriculture etc). He was European Commissioner twice (1999-2004 then 2010-2014), in charge of regional policies and then of the internal market.