Decisive Sunday for French presidential candidates –

Marine Le Pen ravaged, gigantic meetings for Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Eric Zemmour: the main presidential candidates campaigned on Sunday exactly two weeks before the first round. Presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron urged the French and the French to go and vote.

“I say to all our countrymen: the election is the best way to make your choices (…) Go and vote and look at the project that is closest to your aspirations, whatever it is,” declared Emmanuel Macron of France He called for “mobilization” while there is a risk of strong abstinence in the first round on 10 April.

On the eve of the opening of the official campaign, he also again directly rejected the critics who accused him of fleeing the debate, in a campaign that was stifled by the Covid-19 crisis, which was then crushed by the war in Ukraine. Before returning to the pitch in Dijon on Monday, he particularly defended his criticized plan to raise the retirement age to 65 by promising “consultation” and “goodwill”.

Marine Le Pen “pushes” while maintaining her position

The presidential candidate is still given at the top of the voting intentions in the first round (28.5% according to a Sopra-Steria poll published on Saturday). He said he was “shocked” by the disruption of the recording in Guadeloupe of an interview with candidate RN Marine Le Pen given for several months in the second round against him. A “completely unacceptable scene,” he said.

Marine Le Pen spokesmen (17.5% according to SopraSteria) condemned the actions of “far-left activists” who invaded the show’s set and “pushed quite violently” the candidate. With this trip without a big meeting, Marine Le Pen cultivates his refocusing, much to the chagrin of the Macron camp, who see it as “a real risk”.

>> Read about it: Candidate Marine Le Pen heckled during a program in Guadeloupe

Eric Zemmour down in the polls

The increasingly radical proposals from his far-right competitor Eric Zemmour are helping to smooth out Marine Le Pen’s image. It also plays counter-programming, facing Eric Zemmour’s coveted giant meeting at the Trocadero in Paris, with dozens of buses chartered to transport Reconquest militants! comes from all over France to try to ward off his reflux in the polls, about 10%.

>> See Forum Analysis:

Eric Zemmour falls in the polls before the French presidential election: interview with Etienne Girard (video) / Forum / 6 min. / today at 18.00.

“The polls do not say how we feel on the ground. Marine Le Pen has no dynamism on the ground,” former Regional Councilor RN Lyonnaise Agnès Marion said on the spot at noon. Support for Eric Zemmour, sovereign Philippe de Villiers promised this morning, in a video on Twitter, the demonstration by virtue of “France of the hidden voice”.

The need for a useful vote, according to Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Jean-Luc Melenchon in Marseille. [AP Photo/Daniel Cole - Keystone]Jean-Luc Melenchon in Marseille. [AP Photo/Daniel Cole – Keystone]On the left, LFI candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who was credited with 12 to 15% in the polls, fueling his hopes of crossing the course of the first round, also gathered thousands of people on the Prado beach in Marseille. He warned of a “low-cost second round” between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. “This time you’re like me, we do not know why, all of a sudden we said to ourselves, ‘We have to get there,’ from all sides,” he exclaimed. He stressed the need for a workable vote with voters from ecologist Yannick Jadot, socialist Anne Hidalgo or communist Fabien Roussel.

At a meeting in Toulouse, Fabien Roussel condemned the “joint program” of “Macron, Zemmour, Le Pen”, dictated, according to him, “by Medef”, and thought it was “time for cigars to change mouth”.

Yannick Jadot at the Zénith de Paris on March 27, 2022. [Delphine Lefebvre - AFP]Yannick Jadot at the Zénith de Paris on March 27, 2022. [Delphine Lefebvre – AFP]Yannick Jadot, for his part, arrived at the Zénith de Paris by bicycle with the aim of relaunching a skating campaign (6% in the polls) by gathering 5,000 people. For candidate LR Valérie Pécresse (about 10% in the polls), who suffers from Covid-19, Sunday was only the occasion for a video conference with activists.

Home stretch

It is for the entire home stretch in the race for the Elysée, with from Monday the entry into force of the stringent rules of the official campaign, which will put the 12 candidates on an equal footing in the media. However, those below 3% of voting intentions still protested on Sunday.

“Equality is a smart word for inequality,” Nicolas Dupont Aignan (Debout la France) told France Inter, while Jean Lassalle (Résistons!) Called for “resistance to this violent system, which is a soft dictatorship”. Nathalie Arthaud (LO) condemned a widespread “problem of pluralism” in society itself beyond this campaign.


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