Jean-Luc Mélenchon is betting on the social to take Marine Le Pen out of gear

Capture operation for Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The candidate from La France insoumise (LFI) and his supporters, who have now become the third man in the first round of polling institutes, set out this week in search of the leading group in the race for the Elysée. After concentrating most of his attacks on Emmanuel Macron during his speech at the end of the march he organized on Sunday in Paris, it is now Marine Le Pen who is in the binoculars. The voting intentions of his opponent from the National Rally (RN) actually seem to be stable, at least enough to block his path to the second round if things should stop there.

The rebels carefully observe the situation on the far right and make an observation. Instead of trying to convince Eric Zemmour’s supporters, who are sociologically closer to the middle class, it is the popular voters who are loyal to or tempted by the Le Pen vote they choose to address. With a single angle of attack: the social. “There is a real issue with Marine Le Pen. Who do the popular voters think their interests are best defended with? With her refusing to raise the minimum wage, who gave up retirement as a 60-year-old as opposed to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, her, who does not want a price freeze, as we suggest ?, asks campaign manager Manuel Bompard.

It is therefore around this triptych centered on the issue of purchasing power that the rebels now want to fight and create difficulties in the opposite camp. A battleground that they consider much more favorable than the one on which the president of the RN wants to train them to limit the Mélenchon push. Since the latter’s inclusion in the second round is now a possible hypothesis, “I appeal to voters affiliated with France because Jean-Luc Mélenchon supports racist theories, Islamist groups,” Marine Le Pen condemned Monday at the microphone to France info. These warnings against the candidate, who according to her would advocate “a policy of deconstruction” of France, in fact serve the rebel movement in its dialogue with the most traditional left-wing voters.

“Pumped voice”. “I hear some say that Jean-Luc Mélenchon would have no chance in the second round against Emmanuel Macron. But even if it were true, they really think it would make any difference to have a debate on the great economic and social “questions rather than identity and migration issues? Do they really think it will have no bearing on the future balance of political power in this country?” Manuel Bompard challenges, for example.

And for the most apolitical insensitive to this argument, Jean-Luc Mélenchon promises to take out the checkbook, especially through the increase of the minimum wage to 1,400 euros net per month immediately by decree of his choice. The amnesty promised to the yellow vests condemned at the height of the social movement is another way of pulling the rug out from under the feet of a Marine Le Pen, whom he accuses of giving in to the sirens of “ordo-liberalism” “in the name of credibility.

In this context, the social issue will therefore again be on the menu for the candidate’s next meeting on Sunday in Marseille. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s close guard wants to send another message, this time to observers. The vote on Marine Le Pen would thus be “overestimated” by the polling institutes. “It simply came to our notice then. It was particularly obvious during the regional election that we were told that RN would win regions, while in the end it did not win anyone, not even PACA, ”the campaign leader recalls. An “inflated voice” illustrated by a graphic cleverly conveyed on social networks by accounts affiliated with LFI.

So much for the unit to face the RN candidate, but for what results? The thinking leaders of the campaign may swear that “Le Pen is helping us with its views on pensions and the minimum wage”, it is difficult to know whether the break has really been fulfilled by some of the popular voters. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign parliament has also asked for a note from the sociologists who are members of it, to see more clearly about the state of the Le Pen vote among the voters, “who must not be left and who should have no logic to carry their votes on. us “, reassured in the team by the candidate.Wait for the opinion polls.

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