France: Eric Ciotti closes the door to a coalition government

The president of the Republicans, Eric Ciotti puts an end to the rumors that said he was in discussion with the majority. The MP was visiting the European Parliament on Tuesday 13 June and he took the opportunity to meet LR activists from Bas-Rhin.

The president of the right-wing Republicans party Eric Ciotti participates in a parliamentary session on March 20, 2023 (illustration image). © Bertrand Guay / AFP

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Eric Ciotti had never been so clear on the issue: no, the boss of the Republicans does not discuss with Macron on a coalition agreement. "We don't discuss it at all. What we are asking the government to do is to act, to change, particularly on immigration. On the rest, it is political fiction and delusions. " he told RFI.

The Republicans are therefore not preparing their entry into government. Eric Ciotti assures that he would refuse if he were offered a ministry. "I am rue de Vaugirard, at the headquarters of the Republicans, which will soon change elsewhere. But, I am in my house and not elsewhere," said the former first deputy mayor of Nice.

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If this seems like a good strategy, for some, it is a missed opportunity for others. "We must not forget that Macron is finishing his term. We must be wary. What awaits us is the siren song. We must not succumb. " explains this activist. "I think it's a shame, because I'm a big believer in cross-cutting ideas. I am for a maximum of consensus in our country between the parties," regrets this Alsatian.

To ally or not with Macronia? Elected officials are also divided. Some MPs, in particular, would see themselves joining the presidential camp for several months now. So they're going to have to wait again.

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