Eric Ciotti

How Right will she be? Presidential hopeful Valérie Pécresse's tricky political balancing act

France — Analysis

Valérie Pécresse's victory in becoming the presidential candidate for the right-wing Les Républicains for the 2022 election has been greeted with an opinion poll suggesting she can defeat incumbent President Emmanuel Macron. However, the president of the Paris region is faced with a political quandary: how does she retain support from those who backed her nearest challenger for the candidacy, right-winger Éric Ciotti, who are attracted by the far right, without repelling the “moderate” right-wing voters who currently support Macron? As Ilyes Ramdani reports, it is the first key strategic challenge of her campaign - and perhaps the most crucial one.

French conservative party chooses first female presidential candidate

France — Link

Valérie Pécresse, a former minister under Sarkozy, will run for Les Républicains after beating off challenge from right-winger Eric Ciotti. 

Pécresse now favorite to win French centre-right's presidential ticket

France — Link

President of Paris region Valérie Pecresse will face Eric Ciotti, a staunch right-winger, in the runoff to be Les Republicains’ candidate in the French presidential election in April.