Valérie Pécresse tries to relaunch her campaign in Hauts-de-France

LR candidate Valerie Pécresse during her meeting with business leaders, in Marcq-en-Barœul (North), on March 29, 2022.

For his return to the field after several days of isolation due to its contamination with Covid-19Valérie Pécresse thought she was on familiar ground. Her team had prepared two sequences in the Hauts-de-France, on Tuesday, March 29, on issues dominated by the candidate of the Les Républicains (LR) party: the economy and security. But if the second one went well, the first one was surprising at the least. Invited to speak in front of an audience of businessmen at the Flandres Business Club in Marcq-en-Barœul, Ms.I Pécresse talked about everything except purchasing power or “de-bureaucratization” as she wished.

On a platform in front of business leaders having lunch, he received a rather special interrogation. Although she had just lamented sometimes sexist questions about her outfits, the event organizer, Olivier Albert, did not hesitate to ask if her notoriety was not an embarrassment for her husband. Minutes later, she asked him if she didn’t mind working in a male environment, before flashing the video of her saying her famous line on a screen. “nothing like a woman to do housework”. “Ten years ago the first stone was thrown at me by the one who has never been wrong”replied the visibly exasperated candidate.

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An early inventory

Invited to take the stage, the president of the Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, pointed out to his champion that nothing had been done to him. “saving”. in fact, mI Pécresse, a privileged target of ridicule broadcast mainly by far-right Twitter accounts, leads a particularly difficult campaign: criticism of the conduct of her rallies, silence from Nicolas Sarkozy, who refuses to support her publicly, continued decline in the polls and finally Covid-19, which forced her to cancel field visits. “You learn more from your failures than from your successes. I learned to get up, it is a life lesson”the candidate answered a question about the failed Zenith meeting. This campaign is short (…). With the Covid, the barrier gestures, the war in Ukraine, all that atrophied this meeting that he was going to have with the French in two weeks. » Like an inventory ahead of time.

On Tuesday, Valérie Pécresse also tried to regain control in the afternoon during a walk in Roubaix, where she went to meet the inhabitants of a neighborhood where the program “Forbidden Zone” he had filmed a report on community excesses. Arriving in front of a store rightly implicated in the television report for the sale of books and objects promoting Islam, she witnessed the closing of the iron curtains. “It has closed, we don’t see the books it sells. It means that nothing has changed in RoubaixHe launched. I want to give mayors and prefects the power to close anti-Republican book stores. » Sequence Goal: Prove that the candidate is sticking to her sure endorsement, only to earn a few points to finish ahead of Eric Zemmour on April 10.

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