the gray eminences behind the candidates

PORTRAITS – Little known to the general public, but indispensable, these shadow characters play a primordial role. They advise, reassure, even chastise those they come into contact with and with whom they are generally close.

They advise, reassure, and even criticize those they come into contact with and with whom they are generally close. Little known to the general public, they are nevertheless essential to those who ask for them and listen to them. Portraits of the five “gray eminences” of the candidates for the Congress of the Republicans.

Olivier Marleix, the political end of Michel Barnier

Olivier Marleix. SERGE PICARD / Le Figaro Magazine SERGE PICARD / Le Figaro Magazine

When Olivier Marleix was a very young activist with the very Gaullist UJP, the Union of young people for progress, a certain Michel Barnier was its president. The fifties and seventies are therefore on the ground of knowledge. Except that the young man was not on Barnier’s European line. Sovereignist, he voted no to Europe in the two referendums, in 1993 and 2005.

But this Gaullo-Pompidolian knows like the back of his hand the art of synthesis of the RPR family. His father, Alain Marleix introduced him to it, he who was one of the great connoisseurs of the electoral map. In the last year of the Sarkozy five-year term, Olivier Marleix takes the lead and becomes Claude Guéant’s adviser to the Interior.

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