In Tourcoing, Gérald Darmanin brings together his supporters … and Elisabeth Borne

Gérald Darmanin brings together his supporters on Sunday in his stronghold of Tourcoing (North), a claimed “popular” party to which Elisabeth Borne invited herself in extremis, while LR will return to the Alpes-Maritimes at the same time.

Saturday afternoon, the head of government decided: “She will go there”, confirmed those around her. His presence at the event organized by the Minister of the Interior has long been uncertain, as the northern raout must reflect the ambitions of Gérald Darmanin for 2027.

Because the tenant of Place Beauvau took the entire political class by surprise by posting at the beginning of the month his interest in the next presidential election. “The fact is that in (four) years, a victory for Madame Le Pen is quite likely. Faced with this, we will only need one or one candidate”, he launched Thursday, accusing in passing the majority of not listening enough to the “working classes”.

The day before, Elisabeth Borne had pointed out to him that “2027 is a long way off”, yet another manifestation of annoyance from the one who comes from the left at the place of the ex-executive of LR.

By making the trip to Tourcoing, the head of government is thus trying to soften the secessionist desires of Gérald Darmanin. “She goes there to call on each other for unity,” said one of her relatives. At the risk of giving the impression of dubbing it? “He sees his presence as a sign of recognition of the debate of ideas he has launched”, in any case hastened to let the minister’s entourage know.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, in the middle of his party’s summer university, also took the time to comment: “Elisabeth Borne assumes the centrality of Gérald Darmanin. In Tourcoing, the post-Macron period has begun”, he said. estimated on the social network X.

“It’s the end of the Renaissance”, the Macronist party, observed the leader of the Socialist Party Olivier Faure. “I have always said it, it will bring together the right and the extreme right”, he added before predicting: “they will devour each other, it will be bloody”.

The event has already garnered a hundred positive returns from parliamentarians, while a dozen members of the government must also make the trip, including the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt.

At the MoDem of François Bayrou, who has little taste for Mr. Darmanin’s strategy, only the deputy Philippe Vigier should be present.

– Ciotti in the Alpes-Maritimes –

Basically, between the sausage-fries-beer stands, three themes must be addressed in Tourcoing: work, ecology and authority.

The speech of the one who had joined Emmanuel Macron the day after his victory in 2017 therefore intends to address the “working classes”, like Nicolas Sarkozy during his conquest of the Elysee Palace more than fifteen years ago. The political mentor, never denied, has also given him strong support in his latest book.

But Gérald Darmanin also knows how to be iconoclastic: he regularly quotes the Insoumis François Ruffin, champion of social issues, or the boss of the PCF, Fabien Roussel. The two, however, protested this attempt at association.

What about LR? A few elected Les Républicains – including Julien Dive and Alexandre Vincendet – must also go to the North for the meeting of their former companion. At the same time, the political return of the boss of the right-wing party, Eric Ciotti, will take place in the Alpes-Maritimes.

With the exception of the President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, the main tenors of the party – in particular Laurent Wauquiez, Bruno Retailleau, Olivier Marleix, Rachida Dati or David Lisnard – must go to Le Cannet, near Cannes, in order to transmit a message of ‘unit.

According to his entourage, Eric Ciotti intends to “express his expectations” before the big meeting scheduled for Wednesday by Emmanuel Macron with all the leaders of political parties, a few days after the idea of ​​a referendum mentioned by the President of the Republic.

However, Eric Ciotti has been pleading for several months to “give the floor back to the French” on immigration.

But a popular consultation on the issue does not seem to be on the government’s agenda, a bill to be presented in the fall. With, to carry it, a certain Gérald Darmanin.

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