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Renaud Muselier’s resignation rekindles tensions

It is once again from the sunny lands of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) that the shock came. In this internal campaign of the Les Républicains (LR) party, which must designate the 1er and December 4, the one who will wear his colors for the 2022 election, the candidates and their entourage did everything not to create a stir. The watchword passed from mouth to mouth was the gathering. For months, it has been a question of making people forget the image of a party plagued by divisions, cut off on one side by the extreme right and on the other by Macronie. But that was without counting the perpetual psychodrama in the PACA region where we go from support to resignation in twenty-four hours.

It all started on November 23, when Renaud Muselier gave an interview to Parisian in which he announces his support for the president of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand. By the way, the elected official in open war against other LR personalities in the South curls the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti, also a candidate for the nomination of his party for the presidential election. Xavier Bertrand « Respects our values, unlike some of our executives who betray our heritage », thus declared Mr. Muselier on a daily basis. Eric Ciotti, on the other hand, according to him, « Talent for sending signals to the extreme right » of which he « Is the false nose ». A « Moral and political fault », assures the one who explains wanting to join Emmanuel Macron if by chance his internal enemy was chosen on December 4.

If Eric Ciotti does not hesitate to respond to these attacks on Twitter, neither does Xavier Bertrand. The candidate purely and simply refuses the support of the president of the PACA region. “Renaud Muselier has chosen to give me his support, but I cannot accept the terms. His attacks on Eric Ciotti and David Lisnard are unacceptable « , wrote the former Minister of Labor on Twitter. From December 4, he explains on the same medium, « I intend to campaign with all the candidates, including my friend Eric Ciotti ».

Poison arrow

The message is clear: between Eric Ciotti and Renaud Muselier, Xavier Bertrand has made his choice. Received five out of five by Mr. Muselier, who announces leaving the Les Républicains party live, on LCI, Wednesday, November 24 in the morning. Just a few months after Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice, and Hubert Falco, the mayor of Toulon, both of whom slammed the door on rue de Vaugirard in May. At the time, the crisis around the question of an alliance with La République en Marche in PACA for the regional elections. Renaud Muselier, supported by the two city councilors, wanted to conclude it. Part of LR, led by Eric Ciotti, did not want it. At the end of meetings more agitated than the others, the investiture of Renaud Muselier in the regional elections was voted by almost all, with the exception of Mr. Ciotti and a few others. Between the two men, the names of birds and the accusations of connivance, which with Marine Le Pen, who with Emmanuel Macron, have continued to fuse. A retribution all the more tenacious as Renaud Muselier is very close to Christian Estrosi, himself an intimate enemy of Mr. Ciotti. The fires of hatred under the sun of the Côte d’Azur.

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