He won’t. In a press release posted on Twitter at the same time as the press conference in Evre, Bruno Le Maire announced on Thursday morning, May 5, that he would not run in the parliamentary elections scheduled for 12 and 19 June. “I’ve always told voters I won’t work for more than three terms: I’ll keep my word.”explained the Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery, who was elected in the first constituency of Era in 2007 and 2012, first under the designation UMP, then in 2017 under the flag of the Macronists.Republik in Movement (LRM).
The announcement, which was made a few hours before the publication of the presidential party’s first list of nominations, may come as a surprise to one of the government’s heavyweights. Among the other members of the executive branch, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who ran for the post of Minister of State Budget with Le May until the summer of 2020 until the summer of 2020, announced his candidacy in the North on Thursday.
Mr Le Maire’s constituency, mainly in a rural area affected by deindustrialisation at the ldle-de-France gate, is one of those where the National Rally (RN) achieved its best results in the presidential election. Eure, whose department council is headed by Sebastien Lecorn, loyal to the head of state, is the only department in Normandy that nominated Marina Lepen for a second round on April 24. Mr Le Maire dispelled all thoughts that his resignation was linked to the removal of an obstacle: “Political life needs clarity and change in practice” and constituency “neither rights nor pensions: it imposes obligations, including concessions on new or different personalities”he explained to the press on Thursday.
“It’s just a surprise to those who don’t know mehe explains The world. I believe in a change in political practice. I have proved that I can obtain direct universal suffrage three times. I am free to chooseclaims he had resigned from the highest civil service in 2012, he claimed, fighting “caste spirit”. Already at that time he bore the bill for “democratic reconstruction” to limit the number of consecutive terms to three.
The statement contrasts with the atmosphere of 2017, when former Agriculture Minister Nicolas Sarkozy said: “I have no legitimacy without Eure voters. » The then-elected Emmanuel Macron had introduced a strict rule: members of the government running for the legislature would be required to resign in the event of defeat. “I can lose everything”, confirmed the new tenant of Bercy at the time. He finally won 64.53% of the votes in the second round in his constituency.
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