In view of “the incredible difficulties of the time”, Bayrou is “ready” to run in 2027
“Always ready”, the head of MoDem François Bayrou did not close the door on a candidacy for the 2027 presidential election, noting that “France is doing badly” while “it could do very well”.
“I was always ready,” Mr Bayrou argued on Radio J, recalling that he had “already been a candidate three times” in 2002, 2007 and 2012 before forging an alliance with Emmanuel Macron in 2017 and 2022.
“I am a full citizen. And have I ever renounced exercising that citizenship? No,” he added.
“I believe that France is doing badly and I believe that it could go very well, so I will do everything I can to meet all the deadlines and all the necessary functions,” stressed Mr Bayrou.
Could the current High Commissioner for Planning therefore succeed Emmanuel Macron, who will not be able to run for a third term when he turns 76 in 2027?
“It could very well happen, but that’s not the question,” he replied. “What I see coming is such, because of its gravity, that it should mobilize all available forces, all available intelligences and all available wills. This is the side I am on,” he said.
“I’m for this mobilization, for this morale boost, which France needs most,” pounded Mr Bayrou.
Later Sunday, in a tweet, Mr Bayrou called “completely misplaced and ridiculous the claim that he would be interested in the 2027 election” and highlighted the uncertainty of the future amid multiple crises.
Concerned about the geopolitical, economic and social context, the mayor of Pau also questioned the holding of the elections in 2027. “We don’t know anything about it. We don’t know what can happen,” he said. referring to “the incredible difficulty of time”.
“If you think that any Zozo can predict what’s going to happen 5 years in advance, then make no mistake, they’re all charlatans,” he claimed.
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