EXCLUDED INTERVIEW: Éric Ciotti ousts Michèle Tabarot from the Presidency of the Nomination Commission

12 June 2024 / Radouan Kourak

In a twist that shakes the French political landscape, Éric Ciotti, president of the Republicans (LR), according to our information, dismissed Michèle Tabarot from her post as president of the National Investiture Commission (CNI) yesterday evening at 23 p.m. hours. According to our sources, this decision allows Ciotti to impose his own LR-branded candidates, despite internal resistance within the party.

Since Ciotti's controversial announcement aimed at concluding an agreement with the National Rally (RN), the Republicans have been in turmoil. The majority of elected officials and party executives are firmly opposed to this alliance, seen as a betrayal of the fundamental values ​​of the movement. However, Ciotti appears determined to pursue his goal, despite growing tensions.

The president of the CNI, Michèle Tabarot, was a critical voice against the agreement with the RN. His brutal dismissal appears to be a maneuver by Ciotti to remove obstacles to his plan. By ousting Tabarot, he took the reins of the CNI, allowing him to place his favorable candidates in the alliance with the RN.

This new episode marks an escalation in the internal crisis of the Republicans. This Wednesday, Ciotti ordered all party officials to leave the premises at noon. “I have 10 minutes to evacuate the office,” said a permanent employee, while another retorted: “He’s crazy!” I'm staying."

The situation worsens with Ciotti's cabinet, which has mostly abandoned him, leaving only two collaborators at his side. They cut off his access to social networks and even his email address, further isolating the president of the party. 

In reaction to these events, the party's leaders organized an improvised political office this Tuesday at 15 p.m. to dismiss Ciotti. Annie Genevard, current general secretary of the party, asked elected officials by email to comment on this exclusion. Ciotti quickly responded on the social network X, stating that this meeting “does not meet the legal requirements of our statutes and our internal regulations”.

The dismissal of Michèle Tabarot from the presidency of the CNI and the chain reactions within the Republicans reveal a deep crisis and a fierce power struggle. The party, torn between its traditional values ​​and the new ambitions of its president, is going through a period of unprecedented turbulence. What happens next could well redefine the future of the Republicans and the French right.