Struggling in the polls, Arnaud Montebourg should announce his withdrawal from the race for the Elysée. The ex-minister, candidate since last September, must speak in the next few hours.
The 2022 presidential race will lose one of its participants. According to information from 20 minutes, Arnaud Montebourg is about to give up his candidacy for the Elysée. This Monday, January 17 in the evening, his political council decided to put an end to his hopes of “remontada”. According to a close source, the former Minister of Productive Recovery should officially announce his withdrawal in a video that will be posted on social networks “within forty-eight hours”. The movement of Arnaud Montebourg would have sent an email in which he warns the members that “the decision has been made” and that its publication was imminent, according to AFP. If he had approached the communist Fabien Roussel and the popular primary candidate Christiane Taubira, Arnaud Montebourg should not join any figure.
According to his relatives, their discussions did not lead to anything, and this, in a way “definitive”. “Christiane Taubira asked him to join without giving him pledges. And Montebourg was not convinced by his last interventions, in particular his declaration of candidacy in Lyon last Saturday. He does not find that the level is up to par”, said one of his relatives. Already in December, the former minister had affirmed that he was ready to put his candidacy at the service of a common candidacy on the left. In the polls, Arnaud Montebourg did not take off. Since the announcement of his candidacy, he has never exceeded 3% of voting intentions. To this was added a lively controversy triggered a few weeks ago.
Arnaud Montebourg: why he presented himself
Last November, he proposed to block money transfers from individuals to countries that refuse the repatriation of people subject to deportation. “It him [Arnaud Montebourg, ndlr] hit his liver: he realized he had really screwed up”, confided one of his relatives in Le Parisien. As a reminder, having become a champion entrepreneur of Made in France for several years, Arnaud Montebourg announced his candidacy last September. He then wanted a “remontada” of France “in five years, from 2022 to 2027”. “It is for this difficult but magnificent, audacious but necessary task and for this task alone that I have decided to present to the French today my candidacy for the presidency of the Republic”, he announced. The reassembly will not take place.
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