Leaving LR, Xavier Bertrand ends a 35-year-old story

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Xavier Bertrand and Laurent Wauquiez in Paris, November 15, 2010. - Photo credits: BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

THE POLITICAL SCAN - The president of the Hauts-de-France region announced this Monday night on France 2 that he was going to resign from Vaugirard's party. His activist commitment to the right began at the RPR at sixteen.

The love will have lasted 35 years. The president of the region Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, announced this Monday night on France 2 that he was going to leave the Republicans in the wake of the election of Laurent Wauquiez at the head of the party. This decision comes to put an end to more than three decades of activism and active engagement, since the northerner took his card at the RPR at the age of sixteen, in 1981, before continuing the adventure with the UMP in 2002, then LR in August 2014.

Despite a first defeat at the municipal elections of 1989 in Saint-Quentin (Aisne), Xavier Bertrand works to establish himself locally, and he became deputy mayor in 1995 before being elected deputy of the department in 2002. In parallel with its success elections, this insurer by profession is experiencing a meteoric rise in power within the right. In 2003, the time when Alain Juppé presided over the UMP, he is responsible for the pedagogy of pension reform via a "tour de France".

He becomes general secretary of the UMP in 2009

A year later, in 2004, Xavier Bertrand was rewarded by Jacques Chirac and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, who appointed him Secretary of State for Health Insurance - under the tutelage of the Minister of Solidarity, Health and Family , Philippe Douste-Blazy. Appreciated by the executive, he took advantage of the 2005 reshuffle that saw Dominique de Villepin come to Matignon to replace his minister and tutelage in turn become Minister of Health and Solidarity.

Nicolas Sarkozy's support for the 2007 presidential election, he is named spokesperson for the candidate and chooses to leave the government to become fully involved in the campaign. A winning bet, which will earn him the appointment of Minister of Labor after the victory of his champion. At the end of 2008, the promotion of Patrick Devedjian to the Ministry of Recovery forced him to act as interim president of the UMP, then to take the lead in January 2009 - when he left the government and found the 'Assembly.

Candidate for the primary ... Before giving up

Nearly two years later, in November 2010, he finally returned to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Health during a reshuffle, and he leaves the general secretariat of the UMP. He then plans to take over the leadership of Vaugirard's party in September 2012, since he claims at the time to have gathered the sponsorship necessary to run as a candidate for the presidency of the party ... But he finally gives up the race.

Deputy mayor of Saint-Quentin (Aisne), he announced in 2015 his intention to drive the UMP list for regional Hauts-de-France, and it formalizes in the course of the year his candidacy for the primary of the right scheduled for November 2016. But his victory in December 2015, obtained against Marine Le Pen thanks in particular to the withdrawal of the socialist list, convinces him to give up his municipal and parliamentary mandates, as well as his ambitions for the presidential election.

Wauquiez's report to Macron finishes convincing him

Rallied to François Fillon - for whom he has quietly voted in the two rounds of the primary - Xavier Bertrand breaks with the LR candidate at the beginning of 2017, when The chained Duck reveals the case of the allegedly fictitious jobs of his relatives. From this date, the president of the Hauts-de-France enters a period extremely critical vis-à-vis his camp, which he denounced the relentlessness to support the former elected of the Sarthe rather than choose a Plan B for the presidential election.

Kind to Emmanuel Macron, whose qualities he publicly praises, Xavier Bertrand asserts however in May, in the columns of the Figaro that he "answered no to the rallying" to the new head of state. At this time, however, he says he has stopped paying his dues to LR since the party preferred to call to vote against Marine Le Pen than for the candidate of En marche !. A supposed radicalization that translates, according to him, by Laurent Wauquiez's coronation ... And from which he wants to keep himself at a distance.

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