This is a great opportunity for the National Rally (RN) to attract votes to the right. Former Les Républicains (LR) deputy Jean-Paul Garraud, now MEP under the colors of the RN, will lead the list of the far-right party in regional elections in Occitania, his party announced on Tuesday.
As a pledge of this dubbing, Jean-Paul Garraud received the support of the RN mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot, whose “opinion counts” according to a senior executive. The former LR deputy for Gironde (2002-2012), who now resides in this region, will face the outgoing socialist president Carole Delga.
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Former magistrate, Jean-Paul Garraud is the main author of the RN’s counter-proposal on separatism. He is also the rapporteur of the law of 2010 which prohibits the concealment of the face in public space, as with the full veil.
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This candidacy allows in particular to rally the mayor of Béziers Robert Ménard, fervent supporter of “the union of the rights”, who had thought of running with the LR mayor of Montauban Brigitte Barèges, recently sentenced to five years of ineligibility.
RN spokesperson Julien Sanchez, mayor for 7 years of Beaucaire (Gard) and president of the RN group in the region, was also a candidate to lead this list, emphasizing his “local presence” and his “legitimacy as the main opponent” to Carole Delga. Several elected representatives of the regional council had sent a letter to the party’s authorities to defend his candidacy.
On February 10, the RN had already announced the inauguration in the Grand-Est of the former activist of Debout la France, Laurent Jacobelli, who became the party’s spokesperson. Former Sarkozy Minister Thierry Mariani, elected RN MEP, is approached in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, RN bastion, where he will face his former friend from LR, outgoing president Renaud Muselier. The number two of the party, Jordan Bardella, could invest himself in Ile-de-France, land of conquest, where he did not intend to appear before changing his mind.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr