Valerie Pecresse, presidential candidate for the French Conservatives

Valerie Pecresse, presidential candidate for the French Conservatives

Valerie Pecresse is the presidential candidate for the French Conservatives for the 2022 elections. The 54-year-old director of the Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, defeated parliamentarian Eric Ciuty on Saturday in the internal primaries of the republics of the republic. (LR). She is LR’s first female candidate. About 140,000 party members voted.

The primary stage consists of two rounds. Former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and ex-minister Xavier Bertrand pulled out of the first round on Thursday and then expressed their support for Beckerez. In the second round, Pécresse got 61 percent of the vote on Saturday, with the rest going to Ciotti. According to Reuters, Pecres describes herself as “a third Thatcher, and two thirds of Merkel.”

The French presidential elections will be held in April next year. According to French media, recent opinion polls show that Pécresse can count on about 10 percent of the vote. This is not close to the popularity of current President Emmanuel Macron and his rival Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Rally. Far-right Eric Zemmour announced earlier this week that he will also race.

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