A few days ago, Aurélien Pradié had an appointment with the mayor of Toulouse Jean-Luc Moudenc. The secretary general of LR wanted to survey the city council on his possible candidacy as head of the regional list in Occitania. Because the young man hesitates. Not, he said, because the region will be “hard to win” for the right, which it is, but because LR number 3, barely 34 years old, and for whom “things went very quickly ”, wants to“ appear as a reasonable person ”.
An adjective rarely used concerning him within the party for which he is in charge of the organization. About him, it is rather the reproach of being a bad comrade which returns in loop in the mouths of the elected officials. After being noticed as one of the “barkers” of the Palais Bourbon during questions to the government, Aurélien Pradié no longer hesitates to shoot his arrows against his own political family.
Against François Fillon from whom he expected, during his trial in February, “apologies” for having “harmed the French”. Against Christian Estrosi, whom he accused at the start of the school year of selling himself “to the highest bidder” after the mayor of Nice’s call to make an alliance with Emmanuel Macron. Against the boss of LR deputies Damien Abad whom he denounced in April a “form of plasticity” which “has the appearance of opportunism”. Against the head of senators LR Bruno Retailleau, whose liberal-conservative line he sharply criticizes, which would make LR a “10% Tea Party”, as he said in Valeurs Actuelles last week.
Criticism too much? In October, the Pradié subject was on everyone’s lips during the parliamentary seminar. Even the very civilized MEP François-Xavier Bellamy ended up getting annoyed: “It doesn’t make me smile at all. […] Confidence supposes not to put out the sulphate in the media every time there is between us the smallest nuance! “” It was a way of saying: If you keep messing around, you squirt! », Deciphers an elected official. In the Senate, an anti-Pradié front is organized. “He needs to step on other people to make him look tall. But he will not spend Christmas at his post, ”swears a close friend of Bruno Retailleau.
With Jacob, a common passion for Chirac
“He lacks maturity. He has trashed everyone because he was too sure that Baroin, whom he fully supported, was going to go. But Baroin is not going there… “, observes a leader of the party who adds on the subject of the fan of snow sports:” Aurélien is fundamentally a loner. He surfs all alone… ”“ He has talent but he always plays it personally… ”, replies another who cites as an example the announcement in September of his“ Tour de France de Ecologie ”at the same time when the group of deputies drew a ” task force environment ”.
For the moment, the head of the Christian Jacob party does not seem to want to let go of soldier Pradié. “He is aware that Aurélien does not please everyone, argues in a gentle understatement the entourage of the boss of LR. But he keeps his trust in her, an emotional bond has been created between them. “With as cement a common passion for Jacques Chirac. Jacob introduced his protégé into the Chiraquian family by introducing him to Claude Chirac or to the former head of the Samu social Xavier Emmanuelli. “Some are starting to think that what Pradié says, Christian thinks it down… In his place, I would ask myself questions,” warns an LR deputy.
He assumes a “form of brutality”
“I don’t have to worry about being fake ass,” reacts Aurélien Pradié, who links this character trait to his personal journey. Him whose father became paraplegic when he was 16 “knows all too well those times when everyone says they love you and then never comes home again.” So, yes, he assumes a “form of brutality”: “I do not know how to spare the goat and the cabbage. We are living a serious moment for the future of our political family. You can’t waste time not saying things to each other… ”
“The stake is not superficial, it is not a war of the buttons”, he argues, taking again a term formulated against him by François-Xavier Bellamy. Because, more than ever, he wants to fight against the liberal-conservative line and will engage against the primary: “Those who defend it think that a head of the clan is needed for the presidential election, and not a head of state”. The Secretary General fully intends to continue to take the waves head-on.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr