The conservative French Republican Party (LR) has announced that it will vote its candidate for the 2022 elections in closed primaries, which means that only members of the faction will be allowed to vote.
This option was chosen by 58 percent of party members, as the president of LR, Christian Jacob, announced on Saturday at a press conference in statements collected by the Bloomberg agency.
According to Jacob, the primaries for the election of the candidate should take place in December. Possible candidates are the President of the Paris Region, Valerie Pecresse, or the former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.
The Republicans – another Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) – abandoned the Elysee in 2012 and have since failed to build a clear alternative, first due to the advance of the Socialists and then due to the emergence of Emmanuel Macron, who is at the helm a new movement prevailed in the 2017 presidential election.
At the regional level, however, it continued to enjoy a widespread presence, and in the regional elections last July it managed to retain seven of the thirteen regions at stake, including the Isle of France, which includes Paris and its metropolitan area.