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Barnier fuels presidential bid rumours with new political group | RTÉ - Feb. 16, 2021 |

    Over the past week, Barnier has appeared in French media interviews talking up his four years as chief EU negotiator on Britain's departure from the world's biggest trading bloc; all encapsulated in his new book, The Great Illusion, coming out on Thursday.
by Oui on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 05:43:30 PM EST
Publishing a book is part of the "compulsory figures" as a preparation for any significant run for office in French politics (actually selling said book matters very little, believe it or not): Barnier is obviously preparing his grand return on the national stage.

This would be a first in France: serving in EU positions in Brussels and - even worse - at the EP in Strasbourg are considered political exile in Siberia. Barnier could be the first to restart a national political career in France after such a long stint in the EU institutions.

by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 05:09:22 PM EST
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