The five contenders in the running will discuss on LCI, in partnership with Le Figaro, from 8:45 p.m. this Monday evening.
The festivities will begin at 8:45 p.m. For the first time in the competition, the five candidates running for the Congress of the Republicans will lend themselves to the exercise of the debate. Michel Barnier, Xavier Bertrand, Éric Ciotti, Philippe Juvin and Valérie Pécresse are thus expected for two hours on the LCI set, for a program broadcast in partnership with Le Figaro. Three other debates will be organized during the month of November.
It will be a question of differentiating without arguing. Five years after the debates of the primary of the right which were held in 2016 and saw the contenders tear themselves apart, The Republicans do not wish to repeat the same mistakes. This time, everyone warned of the cordiality that will reign over these exchanges. “I tell those who expect a rat race, change the channel on Monday night», Thus informed the Figaro Xavier Bertrand. “My campaign will not be against others. What is important is that we respect each other when the right is in a serious and demanding situation», Added Michel Barnier. Before sliding: “But I am not an altar boy.»
For his part, the President LR of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, estimated that the debates would make it possible to “to assemble»His political family. “I am rather confident in the quality of the debates that we are going to have», He declared on Europe1 / CNews / Les Échos. The discussions, supposed to specify the projects of each candidate, should help the activists to decide during the two rounds of the congress scheduled for December 1 to 4.
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Economy, immigration, society and international
As the evening unfolds, it will begin with a family photo scheduled for 8:30 p.m. The candidates will then be invited, to open the sequence, to detail their first day as President of the Republic. First decree? First trip? Everyone will have one minute to take their first steps at the Élysée Palace. According to the draw already carried out, the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes, Éric Ciotti, will be the first to speak. He will be followed by Philippe Juvin, Michel Barnier, Valérie Pécresse and Xavier Bertrand.
Four themes will then be addressed by Ruth Elkrief and David Pujadas who will lead the debate: the economy, immigration, repairing a fractured society, as well as France’s place in Europe and in the world. Before letting the candidates conclude for a minute.
Throughout the discussions, LCI “auditors” will ensure the veracity of the claims and propose corrections if necessary.
Following this evening, three other debates will again see the contenders distinguish themselves. They will be held on November 14 on RMC / BFMTV, on November 21 on CNews / Europe 1 and on November 30 on France 2. A grand oral, in front of the National Council of Republicans, is also scheduled for November 20.
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