The president of the region Paca Renaud Muselier announced Wednesday on LCI that he was leaving The Republicans, regretting a “political drift” towards the extreme right of some including Eric Ciotti, with whom he had a pass on Tuesday.
“It is an important moment, but I do not find myself there” because “all my life I fought against the National Front” and today “the question is simple: what is our porosity with the extreme right ? The question is not clear at all, “said Renaud Muselier, who accused Eric Ciotti of” conveying Zemmour’s ideas inside LR “.
Eric Ciotti described as “false nose” of the extreme right
Tuesday, Renaud Muselier had supported Xavier Bertrand for the LR Congress, which will nominate the party’s candidate for the presidential election. He had accompanied his support with a settling of scores with Eric Ciotti, accused of playing into the far-right’s game: “Eric Ciotti, I never challenged his talent. Talent for sending signals to the extreme right. He is the false nose. It is a moral and political fault! Now, all those who wink at Eric Zemmour are sorely mistaken. There are trees that hide the forest. Eric Ciotti is the bonsai that hides the meadow of ambiguous LR “, he had declared in an interview with Parisian.
A support with which Xavier Bertrand had then distanced himself, so as not to get angry with Eric Ciotti.
“Ciotti called on Bertrand to react, Barnier to react, it is not freedom of expression”, assured Renaud Muselier, regretting that the slogan is “do not touch Ciotti”. According to him, “an omerta arises in my family where questions should not be asked. One of them is: if we are not in the second round, what do we do?” but “Macron against the far right, I have no shadow of a doubt,” he added.
However, Renaud Muselier did not say that he would join Emmanuel Macron or the Horizons movement of Edouard Philippe, ensuring to be “in a logic of rupture, not of landing”.
Estrosi and Falco had already left LR in May
The positioning against Emmanuel Macron had already been at the heart of a psychodrama during the regional Paca six months ago. At the time, two other strong men from the region had announced their departure from the Republicans: Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, and Hubert Falco, the mayor of Toulon.
The 148,000 LR activists will choose their candidates from December 1 to 4: Michel Barnier, Xavier Bertrand, Eric Ciotti, Philippe Juvin and Valérie Pécresse compete for the nomination.