Presidential election of 2022: with his Tour de France, Xavier Bertrand wants to win on the right

The president of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand (left), during his visit to the Esatco company in Thouaré-sur-Loire, July 27, 2021. AFP - SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS

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Would Xavier Bertrand feel threatened by a candidate Valérie Pécresse also for the presidential election of 2022?

Candidate declared for several months, the re-elected president of Hauts-de-France continues the trips.

Direct encounters with the French, all over France but without a camera.

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The image made more than one smile on the right.

Xavier Bertrand who films himself in front of a health center or on the platform of a station before broadcasting the somewhat artisanal video on social networks.

It is a way of occupying the field and of " 

playing politics without playing politics

 ", decrypts one of his supporters, the deputy LR Pierre-Henri Dumont who is convinced of it: " 

The French do not want of a summer parade of putative presidential candidates

 ”, after a year marked by the Covid-19.

►Also read: After his victory in the regional, Xavier Bertrand has the presidential election in the sights

The barely veiled allusion targets

Valérie Pécresse

, candidate for only a few weeks, forced to increase the number of trips and to publicize them to catch up with a Xavier Bertrand " 

in the startings blocks for months

 ", concedes one of the supporters of the former minister.

Doing politics without doing politics but doing it.

On his tour of France, Xavier Bertrand meets people but also local elected officials or right-wing parliamentarians.

The objective is to negotiate their support to kill the match and avoid the organization of a primary on the right.

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