Xavier Bertrand

    • Moderate rightist looks to the Elysee Palace

      Moderate rightist looks to the Elysee Palace

      After the regional elections in France, there is a new centre-right contender for the Elysee Palace who could pose a serious challenge to President Emmanuel Macron and his re-election ambitions. Xavier Bertrand, 56, a former minister who now leads the Hauts-de-France region in northern France, announced back in March that he would run for president in 2022. In the local votes on Sunday, his centre-right party Les Republicains experienced strong support across the country while Marine Le Pen's National Rally and La Republique en Marche, of the incumbent Macron, failed to win in any of the regions.

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