Jean-Christophe Lagarde was re-elected as President of the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI) during their Congress held virtually on Saturday 29 May.
The member of parliament for the Seine-Saint-Denis constituency was re-elected with 96.4% of the vote, and in his acceptance speech thanked supporters and party members for their support.
On Europe, he said: “we have a European model to defend. And it is by building this shared independence - vis-à-vis the great continental and economic powers - that we will be able to protect this model,” emphasising it was this message the party took to voters in the 2019 European elections and will advocate in 2022 and beyond.
Looking ahead, he warned that the left and the right parties have lost their direction and said: “when faced with a choice between a list from the right and the centre with a handful of majority candidates and a list from the far right, the right has no right to hesitate in order to combat the extreme right. ”
He announced that in Autumn the party will come together to decide how to take the party forward and to determine its plan and roadmap for the 2022 Presidential elections.
#CongresUDI— Jean-Christophe Lagarde (@jclagarde) May 29, 2021
1⃣3⃣ #Presidentielle2022 Nous aurons à l'automne un RDV qui nous permettra de décider tous ensemble comment nous porterons ce projet. Comme nous l'avons fait en 2019, je souhaite que nous fassions le même choix pour l'année 2022. pic.twitter.com/w2680ctFMG
During the Congress, the party hosted a number of roundtable discussions including on the future of Europe with invited guest Michel Barner, the European Commission's Chief Brexit negotiator.
You can rewatch the Congress here or below
Photo credit: Screenshot from UDI congress streaming