Legislative: Emmanuel Macron dissuaded Agnès Pannier-Runacher from being a candidate

The President of the Republic himself asked the minister not to be a candidate and to “preserve” for the future, according to information from BFMTV.

Surprise. The Minister Delegate in charge of Industry Agnès Pannier-Runacher does not appear on the list of candidates invested, in the second wave of nominations Together (presidential majority), published this Saturday.

While she has been repeating in private for several months that she will be a candidate “at home, in Lens in the Pas-de-Calais”, it is finally her companion, the former socialist deputy Nicolas Bays, who recovers the nomination in the 3rd district of the department.

According to our information, it was Emmanuel Macron himself who asked her not to be a candidate and to “preserve” for the future.

“Need her at the national level”

During a recent small committee meeting, the President of the Republic indeed specified that he “will need her at the national level”, without however making any promises to her about a possible ministerial post.

But around the table, the guests all understood that the President was afraid that she would lose the election and that she would therefore have to leave the government.

This constituency is indeed difficult to win for the majority, the outgoing deputy is an elected member of the National Rally. And during the presidential election, Marine Le Pen won 57.99% of the votes in Lens in the second round, 57.50% in the department.

Élisa Bertholomey and Thomas Soulié

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