A courteous debate but strewn with spikes. Gérald Darmanin and Valérie Pécresse, two former members of the Republicans, clashed over credibility on the regal during a face to face organized on France 2, in the program “Elysée 2022”, Thursday September 23. From the outset, the Minister of the Interior attacked the 2022 presidential candidate by declaring: “With Valérie Pécresse we do not have many differences”, these being according to him “very caricatured for the needs of the campaign”.

According to Gérald Darmanin, Valérie Pécresse “might deserve to put her energy which is great at the service of the President of the Republic”. To which the one who hopes to be the right-wing candidate for 2022 retorted: “I regret that Gérald Darmanin has put his energy and talent at the service of a left-wing majority which uses it as an alibi”, before adding that the Minister of the Interior “went to serve his ambitions” by preferring the current government to his former party.

Regarding the subject of immigration, the president of Ile-de-France criticized insufficient expulsions. She defended her idea of ​​intensifying “charters”, as well as that of “give and take” with the countries of origin so that they take back their nationals in exchange for visas.

For his part, Gérald Darmanin defended his record and mocked the quotas desired by Valérie Pécresse by qualifying them as a “bad idea” since “the essence of illegal immigration is the misuse of the right of asylum”.

Deploring a “school in a calamitous state”, a “failed” integration which “can disrupt a nation”, Valérie Pécresse promised to fight against “Islamism” which is “the great totalitarianism of the 21st century”. To which the Minister of the Interior replied, “you have to love your country too, there are good things, you have to say it”.

By exposing her presidential program, the president of the Ile-de-France region assured that her project “is that we are proud to be French” by indicating that she wished “to completely rethink the school”. In particular, she outlined her ambition to increase modest wages while allowing companies to negotiate an increase in working hours and raise the retirement age to 65 by 2030.

While Eric Zemmour was debating at the same time with Jean-Luc Mélenchon on BFMTV, Valérie Pécresse considered that “Eric Zemmour’s France is not mine” and denounced his “recovery”. “When we say ‘we must make an alliance with the extreme right’ we cannot be a sincere Gaullist and have France at heart,” she said.

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