There needs to be “a debate after the legislative elections” within the Les Républicains (LR) party, said Senate President LR Gérard Larcher on Sunday, a few weeks after the debacle of the historic right in the presidential election.

“We have to build ourselves up again, to reimagine how we are together, and this is going to be the subject of the legislative elections, and behind the legislative elections in clarity, including having seen a number – but not that many. – of our friends leaving us. This will allow us to start again on a sound basis, declared Mr. Larcher guest of Europe 1, CNEWS and Les Echos.

“I cannot bring myself to see the opposition to the National Assembly being embodied solely by La France insoumise and by the National Rally”, he explained, advocating “an opposition which is clear in its choices, positive for the country, which has the national interest as its compass.”

LR candidate Valérie Pécresse obtained less than 5% in the presidential election. Since then, several tenors of the party have announced that they are rallying to the majority of Emmanuel Macron or called to cooperate with it. The latest, the president of the LR group in the Assembly, Damien Abad, was appointed Minister of Solidarity in the government of Elisabeth Borne on Friday.

Invited to describe who could possibly succeed Christian Jacob at the head of the party, Mr. Larcher assured that the party needed to associate its “regular” and “social” components without exception. “I am not opposing Laurent Wauquiez and Xavier Bertrand (?), we need these components there and we will have the need for a debate after the legislative elections”.

“A robot portrait, it is built, and it will be the fruit of the debate that we are going to have”, he underlined.

05/22/2022 12:25:44 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP