Xavier Bertrand has indicated that he will not take back his membership card from the Republicans.
Xavier Bertrand, who announced Monday his participation in the LR congress to designate the right-wing presidential candidate, will not resume his party membership card, he told senators Les Républicains on Tuesday. “I left my party – at the time I explained myself very clearly – I did not leave my political family, I never joined another party, I never created a other party and I have not betrayed either “, declared the president of Hauts-de-France, to AFP and to Public Senate, at his exit from the meeting of the group.
“I go in front of my family because I trust the activists”
“I go in front of my family because I trust the activists, I think they will wish to have someone who carries their values and who can make them win,” added Xavier Bertrand.
Xavier Bertrand is the first of the five candidates for the congress to be received by the LR senators who will also hear in the coming weeks the president of the Ile-de-France region Valérie Pécresse (ex-LR), the former European negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier (LR), LR mayor of La Garenne-Colombes Philippe Juvin and LR deputy for Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti.
Launched in the presidential race in the spring and opposed to a primary, Xavier Bertrand finally announced Monday evening on TF1 that he would participate in the LR congress, in the name of a “rally”. Asked about what may appear to be a turnaround, the ex-minister of Nicolas Sarkozy launched: “I am going it alone, I am reproached for it, I play the rally, I am reproached for it, must choose, well I have chosen the meeting”. He also indicated that he had made a commitment before the LR senators to support the candidate who will be appointed by the congress.