Henri Guaino was a high profile advisor to Nicholas Sarkozy during 2009-2012 and an assembly member for Yvelines, before losing the seat in 2012 and quitting the party. In last Sunday's election he stood as a "divers droite" candidate in a middle class seat in Paris. But coming seventh with only 4.51% of the votes, M Guaino launched into a series of media attacks on the voters.
He called them a mixture of "Bobos egoists" and "bourgeoisie traditionelle, cathos un peu Petainiste". These views did not go down too well and his decision to withdraw from political life was welcomed. The two candidates who qualified for the second round are En Marche's Gilles Le Gendre and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, a major figure in the LR party.
Despite his seventh place M Guaino should console himself with the fact that of the 24 candidates for the seat 17 got even fewer votes than him (including the FN).
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