It is a high-risk week that opens today for the French right. After having maintained the suspense throughout the summer, Nicolas Sarkozy will be Thursday or Friday, on the eve of his party summer universities, if he is a candidate for the Presidency of the UMP. An announcement that the whole of the majority is suspended since the withdrawal of Alain Juppe last July. Indeed, it could cause major upheaval in the majority party, but especially in the Government.
After having long warned the Minister of the economy against a takeover of the party and agitated the idea of competing applications, the relatives of Jacques Chirac have changed strategy. Apparently resigned to the idea of Nicolas Sarkozy to take the training, they now emphasize the pyramiding (Ministry and Presidency of party) rule by Jacques Chirac and trivialize his future departure from the Government.
"Out of ambiguity".
A way as may be to compel the Minister to finally give up to compete in the Presidency of the UMP. Seeming so already take note for the future victory of Nicolas Sarkozy, Dominique de Villepin was "jubilation" from Friday to see "out of ambiguity". "". "Even if I sorry his departure from the Government, in application of the rule that has set the President of the Republic, and which must be respected," added the Minister of the Interior. Yesterday, François Baroin, the Secretary General of the UMP, which seemed to him also validate the idea of a future victory of the Minister of the economy after internal elections should not yet intervene until late November. "He has the experience, talent, the power of work and knowledge of the device to be a good President." "For this, he must gather, not divide," explained the MP, in an interview with the "Parisien", before plea for a rapid departure from the Government. "For reasons of Parliament reconvenes and good management of the Finance Act, it will be good to not long maintain a situation of ambiguity", he insisted. The questioning argue, behind the scenes, that the proximity of the elections at the head of the UMP, the game of alliances, the Senate in September and the disturbance arising from these events are, indeed, too heavy on the action of the Government of Jean-Pierre Raffarin. A rapid departure from Nicolas Sarkozy would, therefore, they welcome.
"It seems inconceivable." "Those who argue for this do not play the rally and the general interest but the machine to lose", strongly Christian Estrosi, the UMP member of Alpes - Maritimes, deemed very close to Nicolas Sarkozy. "I can't imagine Jacques Chirac and Jean-Pierre Raffarin designing the action of the Government without the added value that brings them today Nicolas Sarkozy", he insists. The image of their leader, relatives of Nicolas Sarkozy does not despair of finding a development rule of the decumulation. "This rule will not move", but said, yesterday, François Baroin.
They are firm, the questioning must still draw the calendar of departure. They play tight and want to act quickly, lest they Nicolas Sarkozyendosser the role of victim to activists of the party Chirac supporter over its future meetings. They also know that the Minister of the economy must submit, within three weeks, crucial Bill of finance in the Cabinet before the defending parliamentarians and senators. Force him to resign in full budgetary debate may be complex.
Pleased both of confusion, the Socialists racing into the breach. "This situation cannot last and cannot last." "The French will not have to wait until November and the Congress of the UMP to find out who governs", it is yesterday insurgent François Hollande, before calling for the resignation of Jean-Pierre Raffarin.