PARIS (Reuters) -Valerie Pecresse, who has described herself as “a third of Thatcher, two-thirds of Merkel”, has won France’s conservative Les Republicains (LR) ticket for the 2022 presidential election, the party said Saturday after the election primaries.
Opinion polls so far have shown the 54-year-old head of the Paris Ile-de-France region to win about 11 percent of the top votes in next April’s election, leaving her with little chance chance to make it to the second round, let alone win it.
With nearly 61% of the vote in a run-off, Pecresse beat right winger Eric Ciotti to qualify for the LR in a preliminary showdown that was a test of the party’s future and whether it will continue to maintain the tradition of the centre-right or deviate to the right.
Whether Pecresse can appeal to center-right voters depends a lot on Macron, but will have to find support from more conservative voters also courted by right-wing candidates.
The surprise candidacy of hardline commentator Eric Zemmour overturned conventional wisdom that the presidential election would be a 2017 rematch between Macron and Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Rally party.
Although more moderate than Ciotti, Pecresse and her opponents for the LR ticket are both further ahead on immigration rights, law and order.
She campaigned on promises to halve the number of residence permits for non-EU migrants, strengthen judicial sentences in disadvantaged neighborhoods where police are under pressure, and ban women. Accompanying children on school trips is not allowed to wear the Muslim headscarf.
(Reporting by Leigh Thomas and Sophie Louet; Writing by Ingrid Melander; Editing by David Clarke and Kevin Liffey)
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