The Republicans, the heir to the French Conservative Party of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), want to offer themselves as an alternative in the coming months and consolidate their base of support for the 2022 presidential election, for which they have already prepared televised debates between its candidates and announced a congress at.
The shortlist of applicants includes the President of the Hautes-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, the head of the Isle of France, Valérie Pécresse, and the former EU negotiator for Brexit, Michel Barnier. None of them seem to stand out in polls today, although Bertrand would be better positioned.
The “roadmap” sketched out by the Republicans provides for four television debates between the presidential candidates between November 8th and 30th, with the newspaper “Le Figaro” in between – on the 11th.
The party also plans to hold a congress on December 4th to finally present its candidate for the Elysee, an idea that it claims has been well received by the masses. A member of the management brought in by the BFMTV chain assured that there had been “almost 15,000 more arrests” for training purposes.
Most of the polls published by the French media in recent weeks do not see an option for Los Republicanos to go into the second round of the presidential elections. In theory, this round would be reserved for current President Emmanuel Macron and right-wing extremist Marine Le Pen, even though journalist Eric Zemmour took part in the polls.