The boss of the Republic on the march Stanislas Guerini estimated Thursday that the mayor of Lyon Gérard Collomb had " crossed a red line " by allying with the Republicans for the second round of municipal and metropolitan in Lyon.
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“ By choosing to ally with Les Républicains with the blessing (of President LR of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) Laurent Wauquiez rather than working to bring our political family together, Gérard Collomb crosses a red line. I cannot condone such a political agreement , “thundered the general delegate of LREM in a press release.
Stanislas Guerini was clearly referring to the fratricidal struggle which has opposed Gérard Collomb in recent months to his former assistant David Kimelfeld who partly explains his poor score in the first round of the elections. The former Minister of the Interior announced Thursday an alliance with the right, which sees him fade behind the candidate LR François-Noël Buffet for the strategic presidency of the metropolis, center of power in Lyon. For the town hall, it is his foal Yann Cucherat who will be the candidate of the new alliance after the withdrawal of LR Étienne Blanc as head of the list.
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“ I take note of the withdrawal of Gérard Collomb from the election to the metropolis and ask the National Investiture Commission to meet as quickly as possible so that the divestiture of Yann Cucherat in Lyon is examined. I make it clear: our values will always be more important than a few seats on a city council. We will never trade them for a warrant, ”added Stanislas Guerini. " The En Marche Republic was built on overcoming the divisions that have paralyzed French political life for decades (...) But this overcoming has always been established on the basis of a base of shared and indisputable values " , said Stanislas Guerini.
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Favorite of the polls to conquer the metropolis, the baron invested by LREM had suffered a great disappointment on March 15, his lists being preceded by those of Bruno Bernard (EELV), François-Noël Buffet or David Kimelfeld, his three main competitors in the 14 polling divisions. Mayor of Lyon from 2001 until his departure for the Ministry of the Interior, Gérard Collomb had collected the keys to the town hall on his return in 2018. But he had had to resign himself to leaving his successor in place metropolis, David Kimelfeld.