Presidential: Pécresse in operation reconciliation on the lands of Laurent Wauquiez

Alexandre Chauveau

A few weeks before the presidential election, Valérie Pécresse recalls her troops. She met this Friday Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and former vice-president of the Republicans. A support that she cannot ignore despite their rather tense relations.

Three months before the presidential election, the candidates are campaigning to gather as much support as possible. Valérie Pécresse, the LR candidate, found Laurent Wauquiez, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region this Friday. At the time, Valérie Pécresse had left Les Républicains because she found Laurent Wauquiez’s line too right-handed.

Now a candidate, Valérie Pécresse has found the former president in Puy-en-Velay. The president of the Île-de-France region needs the support of Laurent Wauquiez. His trip is also part of his rallying process, which began as soon as he was appointed at the congress in early December.

A “pillar role” for Wauquiez

Forgotten, therefore, the fractures of the past. “The right is back”, likes to profess Valérie Pécresse. A right that the candidate would like to see gathered around her person. Valérie Pécresse also hailed Laurent Wauquiez, “a great regional president”. “He is president of the support committee for elected officials alongside Gérard Larcher. So it is a pillar role in this campaign: that of mobilizing all elected officials around my candidacy,” said the candidate.

Rather discreet since the start of the campaign, the president of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region nevertheless ensures that he takes his full part in the campaign. “Valérie made a very important start to the campaign which consisted of turning the pages of the past. And welcoming her here is a symbol of my total commitment to Valérie,” he said. The relations between him and Valérie Pécresse are however known to be rather fresh.

The two regional presidents, gathered this Friday in Puy-en-Velay, will close a week focused on rurality. After learning and disability in Corrèze and in the Lot, the candidate made proposals on medical deserts this Friday.

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