May 14, 2022

the 5 people who matter in Valérie Pécresse’s campaign

Less than three months from the first round, the right-wing candidate relies on her close guard, made up of former François Fillon campaigners and faithful, to hope to conquer the Elysée.

In her presidential race, Valérie Pécresse – invited this Tuesday evening from France in the eyes – is surrounded by long-time collaborators, often former relatives of François Fillon. This first circle is considered by the candidate as her “war machine”. Here are the main members.

Patrick Stefanini during François Fillon's campaign in 2017
Patrick Stefanini during François Fillon’s campaign in 2017 © CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

This very good connoisseur of the presidential elections – he led François Fillon’s campaign in 2017, that of Valérie Pécresse in the regional elections in 2015 and that of Jacques Chirac in 1995 – may well be unknown to the general public, he is an old hand in the Politics. Former State Councilor and former prefect, he was notably Alain Juppé’s deputy chief of staff in 1995, as well as the secretary general of the Ministry of Immigration and National Identity, established under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy. .

In the campaign, Patrick Stefanini plays the role of conductor by coordinating the teams, ensuring the territorial network of actions in the field and monitoring the rhythm of the campaign. This enarque’s main function is to have a 360 degree vision of the political system. A specialist in sovereign issues, he is also the architect of the constitutional revision project on immigration in the program of Valérie Pécresse.

“We are an old couple,” she explained to the Figaro. “He is someone whose political opinion I am seeking, and he has a history of presidential campaigns. He is extremely valuable.”

François Fillon and Eric Chomaudon on January 11, 2017
François Fillon and Eric Chomaudon on January 11, 2017 © Valery HACHE / AFP

This faithful of François Fillon began his career in the Senate where he notably worked in the cabinet of Gérard Larcher. Then, he was technical adviser in charge of elected officials at Matignon before becoming the right arm of Patrick Stefanini at the head of the micro-party of the former Prime Minister, Force Républicaine. In 2017, he became François Fillon’s chief of staff during the campaign.

Éric Chomadon, as chief of staff, takes care of the political follow-up of Valérie Pécresse’s agenda, starting with the candidate’s travels in the field.

This former Medef worked for the candidate from 2007 and her appointment to the Ministry of Higher Education. He followed her to Bercy when she was Budget Minister. A time on his own, he is again at his side after his election as head of the Île-de-France Region.

Jean-Marc Zakhia is responsible for organizing relations between the press and the candidate, a challenge during campaign time, a period during which there are many requests.

Alexandra Dublanche, vice-president of the Île-de-France region, on BFM Paris, in August 2021.
Alexandra Dublanche, vice-president of the Île-de-France region, on BFM Paris, in August 2021. © BFM PARIS

This former head of the Ile-de-France mobilization of the LR primary for François Fillon in 2016 becomes in 2017 his spokesperson. When Valérie Pécresse launched her Libre movement, she followed it and represented her micro-party in the media. In 2019, she became vice-president of the Île-de-France Regional Council in charge of economic development and attractiveness. Alexandre Dublanche also created an electoral strategy start-up in 2013.

In the campaign, Alexandra Dublanche is responsible for developing a costed program on all the subjects of the campaign, already partly constituted during the campaign for the LR congress.

“Alexandra is my little sister, she’s my Swiss army knife, she’s my right arm”, explained Valérie Pécresse during the internal competition of the right, during a public meeting in the Yvelines.

The one who has been Valérie Pécresse’s chief of staff since 2015 is the treasurer of Libres, the movement of Valérie Pécresse. She was also his adviser in charge of monitoring public opinion and matters reserved for the Ministry of Higher Education.

If Magali Lamir does not have her own role in the presidential campaign organization chart, Valérie Pécresse does not intend to let go of the management of her Île-de-France region and relies on her chief of staff to keep the tempo of the regional executive. His collaborator, a survey specialist, is also responsible for providing him with feedback from the field.