Between the Les Républicains (LR) party and the majority, the time is no longer too much for outstretched hands, but rather for arm wrestling. And, on the sovereign, the right is convinced of being able to win it. Disunited and failing ally during the pension reform, LR is in the process of rebuilding its cohesion since the offensive of its leaders on immigration, at the end of May, on the front page of the Sunday newspaper.
The observation is not new. Seen from the windows of the rue de Vaugirard, the subject remains an unthought of macronism, a blind spot to be exploited. “The executive sends back on sovereign issues in general an impression of weakness, and the French are realizing it, wants to believe Eric Pauget, deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes. On the immigration law, I don’t know what they want in the majority. A text ? Two texts? When ? For the moment, the only basis for concrete work on which to move forward are our two bills. »
For this close friend of Eric Ciotti, the president of the Les Républicains party is also in his role when he reacts to the tragedy in Annecy, in which six people, including four children, were injured in a knife attack, and on the table his party’s proposal for a “constitutional shield” allowing France to derogate from international law on immigration control. “A responsible politician must take measures, must act, he must not only be in the commentary”umes Mr. Ciotti, questioned on France 2, Friday.
In the entourage of Nice, the revision of the Constitution is made the thermometer of the will of the majority to want to work with LR on immigration. But party executives guess the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, quite cold on the idea. They have already declared it inadmissible and doubt the ability of the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, to manage to present, one day, an immigration law to their liking.
“I never believed in an outstretched hand”
In reality, the objective would be more tactical. It is a question of imposing its themes on the majority and showing that it is under the paralyzing influence of a left wing which, unlike Mr. Darmanin, does not want to say “chiche” to the right. “Gérald Darmanin’s problem is not us. His problem is his left wing.ures the president of the LR senators, Bruno Retailleau. “Among the macronists, there are many deputies who are not on our line of firmness on the sovereign, Judge Eric Pauget. Many are still, basically, Strauss-Kahnians, liberal socialists. »
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