June 14, 2016
Guiano running in Republican primaries
Remember Henri Guaino? He was special counsellor under Nicolas Sarkozy, hard core Gaullist, who as an advocate of governmental independence prevented a more ambitious European integration agenda to happen under Sarkozy. Guaino now decided to run in the Republican primaries. Not that he has any illusions that it will be tough to get enough signatures behind his candidature. But his voice will be heard during the campaign and he will make life harder for Alan Juppé, the representative for 'happy globalisation', writes Journal du Dimanche. Guaino, instead, puts the priority on restoring the authority of the state. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as submitting to Brussels demands on readjusting fiscal accounts. At least Guaino wants to add ideology to the campaign debate in times where populism is on the rise and the FN is becoming a strong contender.
Cecile Cornudet writes that De Gaulle is a French icon for exalting national pride. Although Guaino might have more personal reasons to run, it is true that there is little Gaullism in the programmes of the other Republican candidates. And the Front National is the party to benefit from this vacuum.