At a month of the election of the successor of Laurent Wauquiez, the deputy of Vaucluse claims the legacy to the right of Charles Pasqua and Philippe Séguin.
"After Valencia, for me, it's the North. " In Mayenne, Tuesday, September 10, the candidate for the presidency of the party Republicans (LR) Julien Aubert explains "Lighten his accent" depending on the latitude of the meetings. Lavender blue trousers, cross of Lorraine collar, the deputy of Vaucluse is greeted by courtesies of circumstance. "You bring us good weather," he is told in Laval, where about twenty members fearing for the survival of their federation await him at the permanence.
"He has the courage not to be politically correct", says one of them, a retired archivist who came by bike. Another, from the Mayennais village of Arquenay, is delighted with his desire to reform a party on the model of the RPR rather than the UMP, abandoning centrists. The president of Dare France does not miss shocks sentences to shake his audience. example: "It is necessary to refund the contribution of Jean-Pierre Raffarin so that his body envelope can finally join his soul since a long flight of the Republicans! "
Chance of the place or the calendar, the members of Mayenne and Rennes seem to hesitate. From here, the election of Christian Jacob, sponsored by 10,000 contributors, is not obvious. "Activists are in such a state of disrepair, they might want to turn the table around", says one source from Parliament. This is the challenge of Julien Aubert, who claims Charles Pasqua and Philippe Séguin, and urges the federations to "Awaken" : "When we think you are fools, sometimes you have to revolt! "
However, the transplant Vauclusien in the West does not always take. "He is elected from a very difficult territory, he reacts to the reality of this field, but sometimes remains a little prisoner of his electorate", estimates a deputy LR. In Laval, a elected city councilor and a national adviser Republicans, are less convinced. Two weeks ago, they went to Brive-la-Gaillarde for the return of Valérie Pécresse and enjoyed the "Presidential program" that she has delivered there, they say. "Immigration, security, social, she has all three. " Not sure that Julien Aubert will be their choice. "I will vote what will be in the interest of Valérie Pécresse, says the first, because she is a shoe size. "