With Valérie Hayer, head of the list for the Europeans, the majority is playing the skill card

The majority has finally designated a head of list for the European elections which are to take place in June.

The Renew MEP, Valérie Hayer, was chosen to wear the colors of the presidential camp in this electoral battle which promises to be difficult against Jordan Bardella, whom the polls show as the winner.

The decision took a long time and there was a lot of hesitation.

French MEP and head of the Renaissance group list for the next 2024 European elections, Valérie Hayer on the TF1 television news, February 29, 2024. AFP - IAN LANGSDON

By: Valérie Gas Follow


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Valérie Hayer is not Emmanuel Macron's first choice.

Before deciding, the president explored several options: Bruno Le Maire, Julien Denormandie, Jean-Yves Le Drian in particular.

The drawn-out reshuffle also slowed down the designation process.

A Renaissance MP regrets that “

 this gives the impression of a default choice


But at the end of the day, it's a new face who enters the track.

Valérie Hayer is young, she is 37 years old, she joined Emmanuel Macron in 2017 and became a European MP in 2019.


When Stéphane Séjourné, the boss of the Renew group in Strasbourg, was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, she succeeded him.

Valérie Hayer is “ 


 ” in the European Parliament.

A Modem elected official describes her as “

hardworking, not techno and anchored

” in an area where she was a centrist local elected official.

She comes from Mayenne and from a family of farmers, which is not a negligible asset when tackling a campaign launched in the midst of an agricultural crisis.

His handicap is a lack of notoriety.

One minister describes her as “

an absolute unknown

”, another compensates by estimating that she is “

harder for Bardella to catch than a big figure in Macronie


The majority ultimately plays the skill card against the RN.

Also read: Ursula von der Leyen is seeking a new mandate at the head of the European Commission


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