Renaud Muselier clearly has messages to pass on to his former political family. Invited to the "Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-M6", the Renaissance president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (PACA) region attacked the position of the Republicans on the immigration bill, which arrives this Monday in public session at the National Assembly. "Gérald Darmanin's law should have been passed a long time ago, we right-wingers. If we could have done it, we would have done it willingly. So it is coming and we have to vote for it," he said, praising a text capable of "stopping part of immigration".
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Jacques Chirac's former secretary of state, who slammed the door on LR in 2021, called on Éric Ciotti and his followers to seize this "moment of truth" to "assert their political credibility". "It's a moment of truth for all those who constantly explain that it's immigration's fault if things are going badly in this country," he said, while the LR leader said he refused to vote for the text put forward by the interior minister.
Renaud Muselier also took the opportunity to highlight the "difficulties" of the presidential camp in "dealing" with the LR deputies, who "have not found solutions on any subject". "On the pension reform, the deals that had been proposed with the LR in the Assembly were not kept, whereas they were in the Senate," he pointed out. It's clear that it's difficult for them to hold their own majority."
A call for 'policy coherence'
Olivier Marleix's troops could also be tempted to vote for the motion of preliminary rejection, which is due to be defended on Monday afternoon by the ecologists. If the National Rally (RN) decides to support the Greens' initiative, it would only take about twenty LR votes to reject the government's project. "I find it rather difficult to see Mr Ciotti voting with the Greens, who also contribute to border crossings and facilitate the task of immigration," said Renaud Muselier, who does not "believe" in support from the right. Before calling on the Republican benches for "political coherence".
However, the Paca boss gave a good point to his former comrades. He said he was in favour of "revising" the 1968 Franco-Algerian agreement, which facilitates the movement, residence and employment of Algerians in the Hexagon. Except that Renaud Muselier does not want to "abolish everything" as the right wants. "The geopolitical situation of 1968 is nothing like the geopolitical situation of today. The agreement must be reviewed, amended, restructured and relations with Algeria must be renewed, which are extremely violent," he said.