In two days, the political situation of Damien Abad, former leader of the Republican deputies (LR), will be clarified. On Friday 20 May the Ain deputy was appointed minister of solidarity, autonomy and the disabled, within the government of Elisabeth Borne.
His appointment confirms speculations about his rapprochement with the presidential majority underway since the defeat of the right in the first round of the presidential elections. In a Twitter postthe interested party said to himself “very honored to be called to serve France together with Emmanuel Macron and Elisabeth Borne”. “Overcoming divisions to change the lives of millions of French people: this is the meaning of my commitment, to which I will devote all my energies as Minister of Solidarity”wrote the 42-year-old elected official.
His resignation from his duties at Les Républicains on Thursday
After the victory of the Head of State in the second round, pressed by LR colleagues to clarify his situation, Mr. Abad had walled up in silence, accused by some of his accomplices of having negotiated his demonstration with Emmanuel Macron.
Pressed by LR colleagues, on Thursday 19 May he clarified his situation at the last minute and slammed the door of the party, ensuring that there was “no consideration”, in an interview with Figaro. “Yes, today I decided to leave my position as President of the LR Group in the Assembly for reasons of clarity, consistency and responsibility”argued, stating: “I remain a right-wing man, but I take leave of my LR party. “
While his political family learned ten days ago that no La République en Marche (LRM) candidate was run over against him in the 5And Ain constituency, where he is running for re-election, LR president Christian Jacob had called him publicly on Thursday to “For ambiguity”so that he talks before he knows whether or not he would be in the new government.
Moved from center to right
Damien Abad, who has long been observing a Moroccan, has posted a joke for the past five years “firm and vigilant opposition”but he also wanted his group to be “strength of proposal”. This holds a right “popular and social” not always spared the Head of State, whose “the main fault” in his eyes it was hers “disconnection” the French.
In 2012, Mr. Abad was the first elected disabled member of the National Assembly: he has a rare disease, arthrogryposis, which blocks his joints and reduces his mobility. In November 2019 he took the lead of the first opposition group in the Palais-Bourbon, with around 100 elected officials, succeeding in this position Christian Jacob, who became president of the party.
Graduated in Sciences Po Paris, where he joined the UDF, the latter became, at the end of his studies, in charge of a group at the National Assembly on fiscal and budgetary matters. Disappointed from “lack of leadership” by the president of the MoDem, François Bayrou, who nevertheless supported for the 2007 presidential elections, won the New Center and was elected the youngest French MEP in 2009.
He joined the UMP – which has since become LR – in 2012, to the chagrin of the New Center group president, Hervé Morin, then in 2015, and until 2017 he chaired the Ain department. Supporting Bruno Le Maire during the 2016 primaries before the presidential elections, he then campaigned for François Fillon. Mr. Abad also served as vice president of his party under the presidency of Laurent Wauquiez.
During the LR congress in the fall of 2021, he supported Xavier Bertrand, before campaigning for Valérie Pécresse, loyally. The deputy leader then noted that his party was “divided between those who want to speak to the Zemmour electorate or the electorate [de] Macron “. The choice of him is now made.