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at the national council, Laurent Wauquiez wants to defend a "alternating party"

The leader of the right has multiplied media appearances and proposals before launching the European campaign on Saturday in Lyon. In the absence of the heavyweights of the movement.

By Sarah Belouezzane and Gilles Rof Posted today at 06h05

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Laurent Wauquiez, president of the Republicans, at a meeting in Saint-Quentin (Aisne), December 6, 2018.
Laurent Wauquiez, President of the Republicans, at a meeting in Saint-Quentin (Aisne), December 6, 2018. JEAN-CLAUDE COUTAUSSE / FRENCH-POLITICS FOR "THE WORLD"

The names may have already been made public, nothing beats formalization with great fanfare. Saturday, March 16, members of the party Republicans (LR) are invited to the Matmut Stadium in Lyon for their national council, kind of parliament of the formation.

The opportunity to formally endorse the list for the Europeans and unveil the broad outlines of the program, thus launching the campaign. But also to send some political messages. No, LR is not an opposition party like any other, wants to hammer Laurent Wauquiez, its president. It is, as repeats to envy cadres and electeds "a party of responsibility, alternation and government".

To do this, Mr. Wauquiez has spared no effort in recent days, multiplying appearances in the media. First big meeting, a tribune in Le Monde, March 9, exposing his vision of Europe, before an interview, Thursday, in Le Figaro in which the head of training opposes to Emmanuel Macron his proposals to leave the big debate. The next day, the president of the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region answered Jean-Jacques Bourdin's questions live on RMC.

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"As time goes by, the bigger the debate gets, the more it turns out to be very confusing. And now it's time to come out with clear acts. (…) This is why the Republicans, unlike [la présidente du Rassemblement national] Marine Le Pen and the extremes, have assumed their responsibilities by getting involved in this debate and putting proposals on the table », he explained to Figaro.

Shock proposals

And of detail what he had in mind in terms of taxation: "A 10% drop in income tax for all middle classes, unconditionally", but also the "Lowering inheritance tax by increasing by 50% the wealth that can be passed on to one's children and grandchildren during one's lifetime without paying tax". Also, the recovery of the half-share for widows, suppressed under Nicolas Sarkozy.

Shock proposals, whose funding is not specified, undermining, according to some experts on the subject, the credibility of the project. "An unfounded criticism", replies Annie Gennevard, MP Doubs and Secretary General of LR. "We propose 20 billion euros of decline in public spending, the 10% drop in income tax should cost 7.2 billion", explains the one who is rather enthusiastic for the future, especially as regards the European elections: May 26, "We are going to beat the odds, we have a trio of young head that gives a good dynamic. "

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