He campaigned on a Mobylette in 2008, in a yellow Méhari in 2012 and in a convertible 4L in 2017. “I’m a bit out of ideas for next time,” laughs Aurélien Pradié, slipping his suitcase into the trunk of the ordinary Peugeot waiting for him at Toulouse airport. Half an hour later, this Wednesday, May 24, the deputy of Lot harangues a hundred activists from the Les Républicains (LR) party in a room in the city center. He came to ensure their support after his strong positions against the pension reform which deeply divided his political family.
“I don’t think the right will come out exhausted from this streak, we may even have saved its honor”, he justifies. In his momentum, he evokes “the formidable adventure which begins here, with you, and which must lead us”… The applause is so loud you can’t hear what he says next. We guess it. “Aurélien can be presidential, confirms his friend, the deputy (LR) of Pas-de-Calais Pierre-Henri Dumont. In any case, there are people who think about it for him. »
The debate on pensions has given wings to this handsome, turbulent 37-year-old brunette, with a singing accent, still largely unknown to the general public. He never tires of recounting this night of February 17 in the National embly, while the examination of the text raising the starting age to 64 must end at midnight. He who fought for weeks so that anyone who entered the labor market before the age of 21 could retire, like other French people, after having contributed forty-three annuities (and not forty-four as stipulated government plan), requires urances.
“I told you it was going to shake…”
“Answer us clearly and definitively!” », he urges Olivier Dussopt, who maintains the vagueness. The LR deputy has detected the flaw, he adds, and all the opposition – from the “rebellious” to the deputies of the National Rally – follows him, demanding the Minister of Labor to ” respond “ At “Pradié colleague”.
Appreciated, the interested party savors this moment when everything revolves around him. Behind, the president of LR, Eric Ciotti, and that of the group in the National embly, Olivier Marleix, display gloomy faces. Favorable to the reform, they exhausted themselves to seek ways of page with the government. Here they are disavowed by one of their own, humiliated. The deputy Alexis Corbière (La France insoumise, Seine-Saint-Denis) plays it cruelly: “LR, do you like him more Ciotti or rather Pradié? »
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