Happy who like Eric Ciotti had a nice trip… Candidate for the nomination of the Republicans (LR) party for the presidential election, the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes advances his pawns with undisguised pleasure in a closed primary which does not say its name, firmly anchored to the right, before the vote of the LR members at the congress of December 4. At ease in the debates, the one who built his political identity on sovereign themes, at the heart of this internal campaign, is rolling out arguments that have been honed for years on the right wing of the party.
On Wednesday November 17, Eric Ciotti – who spoke the day before with Nicolas Sarkozy before having lunch with the former party boss, Laurent Wauquiez – presented his project at the party headquarters. A hundred proposals ” a break “, based on three pillars: “Authority, identity, freedom”. “Less taxes and more security”, sums up the person, who claims a filiation with François Fillon, yet become a foil for many on the right, but that he assumes to have supported until the end, including on the platform of the Trocadero, a few days before the first round of the 2017 presidential election.
On the economic front, he advocates the end of the inheritance tax, a single income tax rate of 15% and the elimination of 250,000 civil servant positions. On the regal level, his playground, the southern radical, who shakes the specter of a “War of civilizations”, defend her “National preference” on employment and housing, the return to blood rights and the registration of “Judeo-Christian origins” of France in the Constitution. Sunday, November 14 on BFM-TV and RMC, during the second debate between the five applicants, the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes had multiplied the shock formulas, deciding for a “French Guantanamo”, a “Whatever the cost safe” or chastising them “French of papers”. “I hold a line, he said to World. Even if many, on the right, are now approaching it. But for me, it’s an original line. It therefore appears to be more sincere in the eyes of activists. “
Annoyance in the party
Above all, unlike his rivals, Eric Ciotti refused to condemn the words of Eric Zemmour, who, Saturday, November 13 in front of the Bataclan, accused François Hollande of not “Not having protected the French”. MP LR denounced the “Moscow trial” made to the identity polemicist, whom he would support in the event of a duel in the second round against Emmanuel Macron. “In this radicalized atmosphere, he is perfectly relaxed”, observes the president of senators LR, Bruno Retailleau.
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