Nearly 3,000 people are expected this weekend at the "Campus" of La République en marche in Bordeaux, the event of the return of the presidential party. If members of the government and several candidates in the municipal elections will be present, the eyes will also turn to the "Free walkers", who will launch in parallel their internal current to the Republic in march.
"Benevolence on the move, it's a little 'shut up and get back into the ranks'"
The 300 activists have planned to wear a t-shirt and organize an aperitif to make themselves known. Since late July, they have structured and exchanged on a loop of encrypted telegram messaging, to which Europe 1 could have access. "Benevolence on the move, it's a little 'shut up and back into the ranks'", can we read.
The first investitures for the municipal ones set fire to the powders. Very active activists consider that they have been despised and unfairly dismissed. The verticality of LREM is decried internally and the "free walkers" promise to set up an association and create a label "free walkers" to help potential dissenting candidates.
"They are three peeled ... They represent only a minority"
At the direction of LREM, we watch this movement like milk on fire. The recent candidacy of Cédric Villani in Paris, dissident to that of Benjamin Griveaux who was invested by LREM, could inspire several walkers. But the party's big guys are trying to minimize the extent of the sling. "It's normal that there are currents," says a manager, who reassures himself by adding: "They are three peeled ... They represent only a minority."
Another highlight of the "Campus" of La République en marche: the arrival of François Bayrou Sunday. The president of the MoDem will address the activists LREM, while in Bordeaux, his party has decided to support the outgoing mayor of Bordeaux, Nicolas Florian, not the presidential candidate, Thomas Cazenave.