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Laurent Wauquiez gives up his candidacy because “the time has not come”

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LR president of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region, Laurent Wauquiez, announced this Thursday on Twitter that he was giving up running for the 2022 presidential election to “not add division to the division”.

“Being a candidate for the presidential election is a decision that you take not because you simply want to, but because it is a moment when you feel in a position to rally your camp and unite the French. I consider that for me this time has not come ”, he affirmed.

“Add division to division”

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In addition “I do not want to add division to the division”, he added, stressing that “the candidatures for the presidential one on the right multiply in a worrying way”, a few hours after the deputy LR of the Alps -Maritimes Eric Ciotti announced that he would be a candidate for a primary from the right and the center.

“Some candidates even explain that they will run without accepting a common rule,” he regretted, in an allusion to Xavier Bertrand who refuses to submit to any primary.

“Ensure that the right assumes its convictions”

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Laurent Wauquiez, who had been bound by a cure of media silence since his departure from the head of the Republicans in 2019, following poor results in the Europeans, assured him: “The freedom that I take today, I I will put it at the service of what I believe is useful for my country: first, to work for the unity of a candidate on the right; then, to ensure that the right clearly and strongly assumes its convictions ”.

For the moment three candidates are declared for a primary of the right, that the Republicans will resolve to organize if no one emerges by then: Eric Ciotti, Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR) and the LR mayor of Garenne Colombes Philippe Juvin. To these candidates could be added Michel Barnier and Bruno Retailleau, who should unveil their intentions soon.



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