What is the atmosphere like in the corridors of LR?
Our political comeback is around young Republicans and is in no way a warm-up for the presidential election.
But the presidential election is in people’s minds …
Yes, because we have an appointment with the French. The challenge is to come out of these ten years of opposition and to propose an alternative and a political alternation.
When will we know your candidate?
To carry this project, you need an incarnation. Christian Jacob wanted to give us some time to choose our candidate. Forcing events would have turned things upside down and would not have allowed the necessary gathering.
At the end of August, The Republicans will launch a survey among supporters. Will Xavier Bertrand be on the list of proposed candidates?
I think so as he is a candidate.
Can he still be the candidate of the right?
Xavier Bertrand, who is an important candidate, does not want to hear about a competition with his colleagues. The one who will carry the division cannot be elected because he cannot obtain the consent of our voters. More than one candidate is guaranteed defeat so you need a candidate who knows how to bring together. The candidate of the right is the candidate who will carry our values and our ideas, whether LR or not. But the question is secondary. The poison of division would be a betrayal of our constituents. I want to believe that the lesson of 2016 has been learned.
Will there be an open primary as in 2016 precisely?
The open primary is a system that we want to abandon in the event that we need to conduct a consultation. We abandon the word primary because it refers to 2016.