The president of the PP, Pablo Casado, participated Wednesday with the former president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, on the third day of the national convention of the party, held in Madrid. “It is an honor to have Sarkozy,” said Casado to present the French exmandatario, convicted in March this year for corruption and still faces several legal proceedings in his country. Tomorrow a second conviction against him can be substantiated. The leader of the PP has said that “he is a friend of Spain,” recalling the words of Juan Carlos I when the now emeritus king imposed the Golden Fleece.
“We want to take the good examples of management” of Sarkozy, said Casado to the 300 senior PP officials who occupied the Reina Sofia Auditorium in Madrid. The leader of the PP has called on his party not to separate “from the principles” of the party because then “the electoral yield is less”. “When we are faithful to the principles, voters thank us,” he said.
The former French president recalled that he met Casado years ago in the French National Assembly, and then told him “one day you will be president of Spain”. The former president has been received with a standing ovation and has devoted much of his speech to defend a “strong Europe” and independent, that “choose who are your friends” and decide “whether to talk to Russia, China or the U.S.”.
Casado has charged against the Government and has wondered “what would Sarkozy have done”? if a French department had declared its unilateral independence, ignoring that this happened during the mandate of Mariano Rajoy. “We are ready to govern Spain,” he said. “To return to help Europe and go from being a problem to rescue to be an engine,” referring to European funds and avoiding, again, the bank bailout requested by the Rajoy government in 2012.