Valérie Pécresse’s campaign is experiencing a new twist, particularly unusual, this Wednesday, February 23. Release has just published a long investigation into the various flaws in the system of nominating the right-wing candidate. On paper, only LR members could vote. For this, it was necessary to pay the sum of thirty euros. In fact, several hundred applications seem to have irregularities. We find, pell-mell, a 95-year-old woman who died in 2019, several people who do not speak French and even a dog…
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This dog, named Douglas, lives in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Not quite the typical profile of the voter then… In reality, it is his master (who insisted on remaining anonymous) who would have voted in his place. A fervent supporter of Éric Ciotti, this member claims to have ” made with what he had on hand » and want « test, to see if it was feasible “.
Faced with the controversy and the brand new celebrity of Douglas on social networks, LR wanted to draw a press release. The party announces that the process has not been flawed: ” The Republicans have implemented a set of measures to ensure the security of electoral operations. Very strict conditions were required in order to be able to participate in the election: be 16 years old, provide two means of identification (postal address and mobile phone), limit to four memberships with the same means of payment and verification of a correlation between the banking data and personal data. Difficult in this case for Douglas to be able to register to vote.
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The party also returned to the dog’s participation in the ballot. “ Liberation is ironic about the participation of a dog named Douglas who would have taken part in the vote in the PACA region (…) Several members of Les Républicains bear this first name. The one quoted by Liberation could not take part in the vote since he did not meet the required criteria denies the party. Except that according to Nice morning, the canine concerned would not be called Douglas but Clovis. Even without the participation of the animalist candidate Hélène Thouy, the canine question therefore seems to have settled at the heart of the presidential election.