Correspondent in Brussels
What better way than Brussels to launch the European election campaign and take the pulse of French expatriates. Edouard Philippe was in the Belgian capital on Thursday. He had arranged for the members of Horizons, his party, to meet to talk about Europe. This he did for an hour and a half in front of a hundred supporters and curious onlookers in a huge veranda in the centre of Brussels swept by icy drafts. Not without recalling Baudelaire's hatred for the Belgians and the "fascination" that this country exerted on Alexandre Dumas, his favourite writer.
Clearly, the former prime minister is not considering the option of a blitz campaign. That's what he told a Horizons activist who was furious that the campaign hadn't been launched yet. "I don't agree with those who think that the European campaign should be dealt with as late as possible because people are not interested in it. I don't agree with the fact...
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