The EU’s former Brexit negotiator was not often out of the headlines within the UK as he locked horns with Lord Frost throughout post-Brexit commerce negotiations. Since stepping down as head of the UK Process Drive, Mr Barnier has written a guide in regards to the protracted and fraught talks between the EU and the UK. Billed as a “secret Brexit diary”, the 500-paged ‘La Grande Phantasm’ provides a behind-the-scenes perception into the negotiations that led to a commerce deal final Christmas.
The 70-year-old ex-EU commissioner has additionally hinted at a political profession post-Brexit, declaring that he could be an “actor on this presidential debate.”
It’s thought that Mr Barnier is looking for the endorsement of the centre-right Republican Social gathering to run as a presidential candidate in subsequent 12 months’s elections.
To that impact, he has created a parliamentary group known as Patriot and European for Republican MPs.
Nevertheless, his ambitions to develop into the following President face one main stumbling block.
In a remark piece, Le Level journal famous: “There are quite a few obstacles in his means.
“Amongst them one massive one: the French don’t know who he’s.”
Mr Barnier has not performed a serious half in French home politics since leaving to develop into European Commissioner for the Inside Market in 2010.
Junior Minister Sophie Cluzel, the LREM’s regional candidate, will run on the identical ticket led by Les Républicains’ Renaud Muselier, president of the regional meeting.
Prime Minister Jean Castex stated Mr Muselier had proposed the alliance, to which Mr Macron had responded “very positively”.
The pair will likely be going through the right-wing Nationwide Rally (RN), Marine Le Pen’s occasion, which in 2015 gathered 45 % of the votes within the area.