The former European Union negotiator of the Brexit conditions engages in the right-wing primary to become the “president of a reconciled France”. He becomes the fourth officially declared candidate, after Valérie Pécresse, Philippe Juvin and Eric Ciotti.

He had warned that he intended to influence the political future of his country – France – and of his party – Les Républicains (LR). He chose to do so by launching into the race for the Elysee Palace. This Thursday, Michel Barnier announced at the 20-Heures de TF1 that he was a candidate for the primary of the right for the presidential election of 2022.

“The times ahead are demanding and serious, the world around us is dangerous, unfair and fragile,” he said, referring in particular to the situation in Afghanistan and climate change. “In our country, there are many divisions: I intend to be the president of a reconciled France, which respects the French and makes France respect,” he added.

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Quickly asked about his program, Michel Barnier highlighted his desire to “put work and merit at the center”, prepare for climate change or even put in place a “moratorium on immigration”. The candidate intends to “bring together the right, the center and others” for this.

At 70, Michel Barnier prided himself on his “experience”, which is undoubtedly solid at all levels. At the local level, he was General Councilor of Savoy for 26 years. Deputy then senator, he was several times Minister of Jacques Chirac then Nicolas Sarkozy (Environment, European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture). Finally, he was twice European Commissioner, then European Union negotiator with the United Kingdom after his decision to leave the EU.

Michel Barnier is the fourth person to declare his candidacy for the primary of the right, undoubtedly less known to the French because of his years spent in Brussels, far from the French political scene. He will face the president of the Île-de-France region Valérie Pécresse, at the head of the “Libres!” Party. », The very media head of the emergency department of the Pompidou hospital and mayor of La Garenne-Colombes Philippe Juvin, and the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes Eric Ciotti, both members of LR.

Hauts-de-France president Xavier Bertrand, who has declared his candidacy for the presidential election, still refuses to participate in a process of deciding right-wing candidates. Laurent Wauquiez, presumed candidate, for his part announced this Thursday that “the time had not come” for him to present himself. According to RMC, the boss of senators LR Bruno Retailleau has also decided to give up a candidacy and must announce it on Friday.