in Greece, Valérie Pécresse displays her firmness on sovereign issues

The sun will soon set on the Acropolis, we must accelerate. Not bothered by her heels, while the rock is slippery, Valérie Pécresse climbs four by four the hill of the Muses, Friday January 14. At the start of the five-year term, Emmanuel Macron gave a speech on the refoundation of Europe on the nearby hill of the Pnyx. The candidate of the Les Républicains (LR) party disdains the road that leads there, takes a small steep path that branches off to the left, and climbs higher, ever faster, sowing part of her delegation, out of breath.

Arriving at the top, she gazes at the Parthenon wrapped in the soft evening light. And he poses alongside his two “Musketeers”, the Alpes-Maritimes MP (LR) Eric Ciotti and former European Commissioner Michel Barnier, who are accompanying him on this trip to Greece from January 14-16.

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The first, dressed in a long black coat, does not leave the candidate of a sole, sort of “prince consort” of the campaign since the two finalists of the LR congress appeared side by side on the balcony of the town hall of Saint -Martin-Vésubie, the day after Valérie Pécresse’s victory. As for the second, in charge of the international aspect of the presidential project, he is requisitioned by the European deputy Nadine Morano who wants his photo in front of the Parthenon, as in his “history-geo lesson”.

A little earlier, in front of the Herodion theatre, at the foot of the Acropolis, Valérie Pécresse explained the reasons for her coming to Greece, the cradle of democracy, “country which has [tant] brought to Europe” philosophically, culturally and politically. “ The challenge is to return to the cradle of European civilisation, she said, insisting on the importance of having “roots and wings”: “we don’t know where we are going if we don’t know where we come from”.

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Candidate LR also praised the drastic reforms implemented by Greece in the wake of the debt crisis, judging that these had borne fruit. While the president of the Ile-de-France region criticizes Emmanuel Macron for shoddy reformism, she praised a “resilient country” and “ courageous “, who took “bringing his head to head with his difficulties”.

“A symbolic journey, slips the very right-handed Eric Ciotti, descending the hill of the Muses. Like moving to Armenia [fin décembre 2021], it shows Valérie Pécresse’s attachment to our civilisation, to what we are and want to remain! »

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