In France, Valérie Pécresse won the primary of the Republicans, the main party of the French center-right. She will therefore be the candidate in the next presidential elections, which will be held in April 2022. Pécresse obtained 61% of the votes, against 39% of her challenger Eric Ciotti.
Pécresse is 54 years old, she is the president of the Île-de-France region and has a long history within the party: she was a collaborator of Jacques Chirac and several times minister with Sarkozy. In 2019 he had left the party accusing it of having moved too far to the right, but this year he had decided to return and show up in the primary.
Despite having a more moderate political profile than Ciotti, in recent times it has thrown more and more to the right. During the election campaign, Pécresse often spoke of immigration, calling herself “a woman of order”, and proposed eliminating the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. More recently she defined herself as “the center of gravity of the right” in a radio interview given after reaching the final stage of the primary.