Legislative: Thibault de Montbrial and Charles Consigny, two lawyers campaigning for Les Républicains

On March 24, Thibault de Montbrial received an unexpected phone call: that of Valérie Pécresse. The Republican presidential candidate has just learned that she is positive for Covid-19; she will not be able to go to her meeting scheduled for the next day, in Bordeaux. She offers to the one who is her adviser on sovereign matters to replace her alongside Patrick Stefanini. The two men work together and get along well. The lawyer agrees to go on stage to defend Valérie Pécresse’s project, but he is surprised that he is chosen rather than one of the more publicized “musketeers”. Too bad for the only weekend off he had planned with his wife.

On the return train, Thibault de Montbrial finds himself one-on-one with Patrick Stefanini. It was at this time that the influential campaign manager slipped him the idea of ​​running for the legislative elections. Today, here he is invested under the LR colors in the 6and constituency of Yvelines facing the outgoing Natalia Pouzyreff (LREM).

Charles Consigny, also a lawyer but with fewer years at the bar, has always wanted to be a candidate for the legislative elections. He had the idea in mind when he decided to invest in the campaign of Valérie Pécresse, last January. He joined the response cell and was sent to the various TV sets to defend the candidate. The thing he knows how to do best, he who has behind him the posts of columnist at the Grandes Gueules on RMC and We are not lying on France 2.

Right uninhibited. Charles Consigny has already developed his uninhibited and liberal right-wing register there with a tact that can be confusing. His arrival at LR was not unanimous, however. In view of the election, he “sold out” to the party and got a boost from Michel Barnier, whose candidacy he supported during the right-wing primary. He finally inherited the 4and constituency of Yvelines. Facing him, the outgoing majority Marie Lebec, same age (32) and issue, like him, of the UMP.

The two lawyers are therefore ready to leave the dress in the closet to get into politics. Is it really the right time when Valérie Pécresse achieved the very poor score of 4.78% in the presidential election? “I like difficult fights, like any criminal lawyer, assumes Charles Consigny. I couldn’t see myself waiting five more years. “It’s the right time, also assures Thibault de Montbrial. Going into the storm is where it makes sense. »

Both leave aside files for the time of the campaign, but will still have to plead. June 7, in particular for Thibault de Montbrial, during the trial of the November 13 attacks. “I will be the district attorney,” he draws the parallel. He still notes a difference in his new candidate costume: “The judges, we talk to them. Voters, we talk to them about them. »

gimmick. The fact that they have taken the leap from politics to run for a national election is not so much a surprise given their commitment to the right in the past. Each with their own gimmick: security for Thibault de Montbrial, work for Charles Consigny. The first specialized in this theme through his career in the courts. On many occasions, he defended the police and the gendarmes. For example, he is alongside the family of Arnaud Beltrame, the colonel assassinated during the Trèbes attack in 2018; or even, he supports the two police officers charged in the death of Cédric Chouviat after his arrest. In 2015, he also founded the Center for Reflection on Homeland Security, which he still directs.

Proof of a deep commitment and a quasi-obsession around security issues, he wrote in 2020 an essay with the evocative title: Let’s dare the authority (Editions of the Observatory). “I will continue to do politics whether I win or lose,” explains the man who feels close to the mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, and his movement, New Energy, to which he joined.

Charles Consigny has not changed his way of being so much in his new clothes as a legislative candidate. He always speaks freely, sharpens his sharp formulas and assumes it: “I remain myself and I don’t do it on purpose. Those who control their expression too much, they usually don’t get very far. This is how he mixes his profession and his campaign when he films himself at the Paris Court of Appeal waiting for more than three hours to denounce the functioning of the public service.

“People are on weekends from Thursday,” he adds. I am one of those who are fed up with seeing the fruits of their labor diluted in collectivism. We have to move in this country! “. Barely hidden fan of Donald Trump and especially of his personality, he had, like the American president, caps made with his effigy. In the event of defeat, Charles Consigny would resume his life as before. Who was, like Thibault de Montbrial, already a bit political.

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