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French Republicans to shift further right under Ciotti

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Significance

Ciotti, who comes from the party's populist wing, has proposed to "rehabilitate the value of work, fight against violence and disorder in the streets, stop the migratory invasion and the rise of Islamism". His leadership will have important implications for LR’s future direction as well as for implementation of President Emmanuel Macron’s policy agenda.

Impacts

  • Under Ciotti, LR will adopt a more sceptical view of the supremacy of EU law in France, especially with regards to migration.
  • Ciotti will struggle to erode Marine Le Pen's support following her success in transitioning her party into mainstream politics.
  • The direction of LR under Ciotti could lead to the formation of a breakaway centre-right group.

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