When the ship is pitching, it is the captain who gives a drink. Only at the controls of the Republicans, Laurent Wauquiez is likely to feel the wind blow. Very strong. Criticized internally as well as outside the party, the boss of LR had managed – a time – to buy the internal peace by putting all the frames of agreement on the choice – his choice – of the head of list, François- Xavier Bellamy.
But the historically low result of 8% of these Europeans is likely to bring out wood all those who, in the corridors, grumble against what they call the "Wauquiez line". A political stance deemed too conservative, too narrow and eyeing too much on the National Rally and not enough on the electorate "right center" of the right-wing government party.
It will not have been long before the warnings in Wauquiez resonate everywhere. "Our movement will have to rethink its political line, it will have to gather more widely," said the head of the Senate, Gerard Larcher. "If we do not seriously question, the risk is the disappearance," warned for its part the chairman of the LR group of the Senate, the influential Bruno Retailleau. Éric Woerth does not hide his dismay: "The consequences are important. You have to change a lot of things, strategy, how to do things, to represent the party, to work on ideas … "To listen to it, you have to start all over again from the basement to the attic. "Otherwise, he will make LR a phone booth," says a frame, disillusioned.
"This is the line he has chosen which is sanctioned"
In their viewfinder, whether they say it or not: one man, Laurent Wauquiez. "It's the line he chose that is sanctioned, it's a disavowal," slips a close to Valerie Pécresse, internal opponent to the boss of LR. It is indeed one of his relatives, the leader of LR region, Othmane Nasrou, who called on Sunday night Wauquiez "to take responsibility for a failure of this magnitude." Say more clearly: he must resign. "It's a mistake to ask for his head … it's up to him to decide. He is great, he will take his responsibilities, "slips a member of LR, who in the end, think no less.
Probably anticipating the rain of criticism, Laurent Wauquiez, during his short intervention, called for "the collective responsibility" and "stop divisions" so that his family can rebuild. "No need to go to court. He took the stand that no one wanted to take. Monday, we must all be together, "defends Nadine Morano, who was re-elected MEP. A political bureau will most likely be held in the coming days. Wauquiez will work. And in the meantime, the knives, sharpen.
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