Virgine Calmels authorized by the judiciary to run for the presidency of LR

Virgine Calmels authorized by the judiciary to run for the presidency of LR

The judiciary believed Republicans did not need to reject Virginie Calmels’ candidacy for party leader and stayed that decision pending a ruling on the matter, according to the summary decision available to AFP for consultation on Wednesday.

The Paris court, which decided in summary proceedings, “suspends the effects related to the decision on the inadmissibility of the candidacy” of Virginie Calmels and “orders Les Républicains” to pay her “the sum of 5,000 euros”, confirming this judgment.

“Here my rights are restored to me,” Ms Calmels said on Twitter.

LR’s High Authority had rejected her candidacy on 29 August on the grounds that Ms Calmels was not up to date with her contribution of 22 July 2022.

But that condition, “which was not published and communicated to members until July 25, 2022, necessarily deprived Ms. Calmels of the ability to regulate her contribution for the July 22 deadline,” the court said.

In addition, this date of the 22nd “is obviously to be seen as a new condition compared to those provided for in the Statute and the Rules of Procedure”, which in turn “contain ambiguous clauses”, notes the court, relying on the judge, that these clauses deserve an assessment.

Ms Calmels had announced her candidacy on August 23 on a “balanced” line and “at the epicenter of the various currents of LR”. He now has to meet the sponsorship requirements (485 members and 10 MPs) in order to present himself.

The election of the President of LR is scheduled for the weekend of December 3rd. The declared candidates are the Alpes-Maritimes MP Éric Ciotti, the head of senators LR Bruno Retailleau, the general secretary of LR Aurélien Pradié and the mayor of Orléans Serge Grouard.


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