The president of the Île-de-France region was, this Thursday, in Toulouse, to meet the Republicans activists before the party primary in December.
“Gaullist for order, liberal for the economy and social for work”… When it comes to defining her difference from the four other contenders for the Republican primary, Valérie Pécresse, cast a wide net. She says it bluntly, her project for France is a project of “frank” rupture against Macronian “immobility”. “The right is back and this is good news,” she assures us, pointing to “the interest of the French” for the debate on the primaries and the upsurge in membership, especially in the Toulouse federation. She, who campaigned for an open vote as in 2017, notes a real enthusiasm among the right-wing people to “speak out and choose”. Will she benefit from this thrill? “I believe that the French are discovering me,” she explains without false modesty, by listing her proposals: to restore order in the streets, at school and in public finances, while reducing the costs of businesses, increase net salaries by 10% and guarantee the standard of living of retirees… When necessary, the president of the Île-de-France region does not hesitate to seek solutions from others. As in Germany, where the new socialist chancellor allied with the liberals has promised to cut in half the paperwork and the delays of administrative procedures. “This is also what I want to do for our fellow citizens,” she pleads, showing herself as a “true liberal against bureaucratism”. In Occitan soil, Valérie Pécresse even confesses a true closeness with the president of the region Carole Delga, “in the fight for republican secularism against the communitarianisms encouraged by Emmanuel Macron”. According to her, faced with the rise in violence and separatism, political divisions are blurring. As a punch line specialist, Valérie Pécresse sums up her credo with a formula: “The Republic is the same rights and the same duties for all”. ecumenical, we tell you!