“I decided not to be a presidential candidate. I have never been obsessed with my personal destiny, it is the destiny of France that obsesses me ”, confided Bruno Retailleau, tenor of the right and president of the Les Républicains group in the Senate, at Le Figaro, Friday August 27th. .
Little darling of the polls (last May, an Ifop-Fiducial opinion poll credited him with only 6% of voting intentions in the first round of the presidential election), François Fillon’s faithful believe that he “is not in the best position to beat Emmanuel Macron ”.
Do not add “dispersion” to the campaign
Even though more and more candidates on the right are revealing their presidential ambitions, even if it means ignoring the will of the president of the party, Christian Jacob, to select a main candidate by means of a primary, Bruno Retailleau does not wish to add of “dispersal” in the countryside.
“Union is essential! However, the only way to guarantee it are the primaries, ”insisted the senator on the daily marked on the right. According to him, the only way to beat Emmanuel Macron is to present a single candidate to avoid a division he deems desired by the President of the Republic. Division which could well materialize in the person of Xavier Bertrand, supporter of a candidacy “whatever the cost”.
“The state is to be rebuilt and the nation is to be rebuilt”
“Despite his statements, I still want to believe that he will reconsider his position,” says Bruno Retailleau, who believes that all the candidates, including Xavier Bertrand, have an interest “in a frank and fair competition”. “The right must constitute a team of France, with all the talents and they are numerous, to carry a project which corresponds to the needs of France and the French”.
“The state is to be rebuilt and the nation is to be rebuilt”, judge Bruno Retailleau, who believes that the future supreme magistrate will have to carry out a profound reform “of justice, immigration, school and work”. “Make no mistake: we will have neither security, nor prosperity, nor freedom if we are not able to put the state back on its feet and the nation at the heart of the French. “