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For years, he has deciphered the functioning of the political machine. A 54-year-old Dominique Reynié will now be able to reach into the heart of the reactor. Political scientist and director of the Foundation for Political Innovation (Fondapol), this large stranger to television sets was chosen Saturday, April 25 in Sète (Hérault), by a panel of forty elected to head the list on the right and center in the Languedoc-Roussillon region – Midi-Pyrenees in elections of 6 and 13 December. “During the first part of my life, I made the finding of a worsening situation. I drew the conclusion that I had to commit myself and I both “ says to World this university ever elected and whose application is already in issue.
After “long reflection” Mr Reynié had initially given his ambitions Alain Juppe and Nicolas Sarkozy. This specialist public opinion and populism meets regularly with leaders to do their part of the work of the Fondapol, Europhile and liberal think tank that had benefited its creation in 2004 funding from the UMP. On March 13, he told the former head of state his desire to be a candidate. Mr. Sarkozy did not discourage him. In early April, he formalized his candidacy in the regional daily press
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In Paris leaders observe a remote eye gait of a man who is “only believe it,” , in the words of a former minister. Then they forget the local context. Since no personality seemed to hold sway in the thirteen districts of the new region, Jean-Luc Moudenc, the mayor of Toulouse, asked in autumn 2014 Mr Sarkozy if he could arrange a consultation of local officials . A successful application. “The region will be difficult to take to the left. If more Paris chose someone who was not going to be supported locally, it would be double jeopardy “, which decrypts Mr. Moudenc welcomes today to have an external candidate to the ” Seraglio “ and ” able to convince 50% of voters “ departmental past.
On Saturday, it took four rounds of voting and scattered voice of the UMP on nominations Stéphan Rossignol, mayor of La Grande-Motte (Hérault), and Bernard Carayon, Mayor of Lavaur (Tarn), to appoint Mr Reynié. If the political scientist wanted to discover the charms of the policy, it was quickly served. The president of the UDI, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, immediately said on Twitter that “local process (…) not commit [ed] not” his party while Senator UDI Tarn Philip Bonnecarrère was, too, a candidate in this election. But the most scathing salvo came from the UMP. “They will look favorably Parisian commentator to a supranational Europe. It will serve as the National Front stepladder. This is a huge slap for local elected officials that we take for horns “, says Senator Villepin Hérault Jean-Pierre Grand wishing the creation of another list.
In this vast region weighed down by 550 000 unemployed, Mr. Reynié account to campaign on economic development and better consideration of rural areas. “The voters do not support them more than we talk about something other than the real issues, economic prosperity and employment. In all cases, it is a mistake to focus on other parties’ , he analyzes while the FN progresses, particularly in the Languedoc-Roussillon.
Author Populism: the fatal slope in 2011 (Plon), the researcher is an opponent of the Bush line he defined as “doomed to failure from the right “ in the columns of World in November 2012. It promises to resign his think tank if elected and come to live in the region once it has fulfilled its obligations latest Parisian including courses at Sciences Po. Before that, he will have to take the card to the UMP then be invested by the national committee of the party nomination. Not necessarily an easy task for a candidate from civil society.