While François Fillon makes a last ditch attempt this week to save his campaign, plan B is well underway. And the name of Alain Juppé comes back.
Alain Juppé last week ruled out “clearly and definitively,” the possibility that he would put forward his name if Fillon, the candidate of the right and center entangled in “Penelope gate“, were unable to compete for the presidential election. Since then, more allegations have come out, and François Fillon is preparing a media offensive to try to regain control of his campaign. In light of this, Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux, according to Le Figaro , told “close friends” that he would be “the only one able to save his political family”. In other words a “plan B”.
From dialogue to consensus?
The idea of representing a remedy, if not excluded, is not, however, entirely on the agenda. Why? Because Alain Juppé who spoke on Saturday with François Fillon, wants to avoid a war with the clan Fillon.
“Juppe will go if it is a consensus around it. (…) He does not want a confrontation with Fillon,” said the Figaro an elected himself as close to the two men.
François Fillon and Alain Juppé must “speak again” soon, says Gilles Boyer, former campaign director of Alain Juppé and current treasurer of the campaign of François Fillon, but without specifying a specific timetable.
The second could also claim “podium”
But how can a return of Alain Juppe after the vote of four million supporters of the right and center be legitimate? If the primaries are similar to a competition the winner “is disqualified, the second goes up to the top of the podium”, said a supporter of Alain Juppé under cover of anonymity. It remains that spinning the sporting metaphor does not resolve the programmatic discrepancies and the struggles of currents. What came out of the ballot boxes would come back to the fixtures.
To work around the problem, a ticket with former Sarkozy Francois Baroin is mentioned. But it would be necessary for both to overcome their reciprocal enmities. Whatever its leader, the campaign of the right and the center will have to move quickly.