Monday, May 10

Departmental elections: the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, candidate in the North

News gives on the political spectrum in the North, where the departure of the outgoing president (ex-Republicans, LR) of the departmental council Jean-René Lecerf reshuffles the cards to the right and to the center right. The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, announced Tuesday, May 4 at The voice of the North his candidacy, with the agreement of Emmanuel Macron, in the departmental elections in the region.

“Voters don’t care about device logic”, assured Mr. Darmanin to the regional daily. “There must be in front of the National Gathering the union of the republicans in the broad sense, as in PACA [Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur], region where La République en Marche (LRM) withdrew its list in favor of LR Renaud Muselier for the regional elections, triggering a storm on the right.

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“The nomination is good, the election is better. This is how we get our legitimacy ”, explains the minister, who presents himself in the canton of Tourcoing-2 in tandem with Doriane Bécue, vice-president (Various right, DVD) of the department, who succeeded him as mayor of Tourcoing. “If I can bring a little legitimacy and a little local humus to Paris, that’s part of what the President of the Republic wants”, he assures, stressing that he will vote in the regional elections for the LRM candidate Laurent Pietraszewski.

“Demonization of the Republic on the march”

“The candidacy of Gérald Darmanin does not pose any problem to me”, assured the outgoing president of the departmental council, Jean-René Lecerf, whose current majority includes LR, Union of Independent Democrats (UDI) and elected without label. The outgoing president denounces “The demonization of La République en Marche” following “The PACA affair”. “If the departmental majority of tomorrow, which I hope will be very close” of which “Today, the Minister of the Interior may have in his flock, it’s pretty good for everyone”, he believes. According to him, Mr. Darmanin would not give up his ministerial functions and would not run for the presidency of the departmental council, an analysis shared by Mr. Pietraszewski.

Conversely, the boss of the Republicans of the North, Sébastien Huyghe, ensures that this candidacy does not collect “No agreement from the Republicans and the UDI”. “We have nothing to do with the presidential majority, we will not compromise with one of its representatives. “

The Minister of the Interior also underlines that he retains a “Special friendship” for Xavier Bertrand, head of the right to regional list, “I repeat that Xavier Bertrand must support the President of the Republic. Basically, our electorate is common. And the danger is the National Rally ”, both for the regional and for the presidential, insists Gérald Darmanin.

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The World with AFP

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