Right-wing party Les Républicains (LR) has announced it will select its candidate for the 2022 presidential elections with members voting during a congress, party president Christian Jacob announced on Saturday.
58% voted in favour of such an option, thus abandoning the possibility of organising a primary to decide between the candidates.
Often accused of being a “losing machine”, the device of a primary open to all supporters was debated for several months after the defeat of François Fillon in the last presidential elections. Bertrand, while a favourite of the polls according to figures published the day before, has indicated he would not participate.
The internal party vote will take place in two rounds on 4 December. To run, candidates will have to recognise themselves “in the values of the right, and the centre” and have collected “at least 250 sponsorships from elected representatives” supported by LR.
The president of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, the president of the Ile-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, the former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the MP Eric Ciotti, and the former MEP Philippe Juvin are expected to run.
(Mathieu Pollet | EURACTIV.fr)