The place is a new nod to the right. Following Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 and François Fillon in 2017, Eric Zemmour gathers his support in the Place du Trocadéro, Sunday, March 27, for his last major campaign meeting two weeks before the first round of the presidential election.
In difficulty for several weeks, especially since the invasion of Russia in Ukraine, which recalled its views on Vladimir Poutine, the candidate for reconquest! intends to gather tens of thousands of people for one last gasp. “It will be the event of the campaign, the biggest gathering”he hoped, Friday, on Sud Radio.
Mr. Zemmour gave his activists an appointment around noon. 14.00, before he spoke around kl. 16.00. “All of France is invited, except provocateurs from the far right, far left and extreme stupidity. Thanks in advance to them for going elsewhere», he launched on Twitter Thursday night. For his spokesman, Stanislas Rigault, “We hope it will be a great political moment. There are fifteen days left, everything will in fact be played out in a handkerchief, and Trocadero’s demonstration of power can help us make the difference in the end. »
While these big shots at Trocadero had not allowed Nicolas Sarkozy and François Fillon to win a few weeks later, Mr Rigault sees ‘On the other hand, their meetings as outbursts. Sarkozy would not have reached 48% [au second tour, en 2012] without it, and Fillon would not have been a few hundred thousand votes from qualifying ” to the second round in 2017, he replies.
So far, Eric Zemmour’s biggest meeting was held on December 5 in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis), with more than 10,000 people and several incidents. The security will therefore be strictly observed on Sunday. “Hundreds of people” – private security and volunteers – were mobilized, assured a member of the campaign to Agence France-Presse, in addition to the deployed police forces.
Place du Trocadéro, Théâtre de Chaillot, Musée de l’Homme and Cité de l’architecture will also be closed due to the meeting. The CGT-Spectacle association speaks for itself “startled” that this meeting has been approved “to the detriment of the safety and activity of employees and the reception of the public”.
An eventful visit to the northeast of Paris
For Eric Zemmour, this meeting seems to be the last chance to convince the undefeated and get closer to qualifying for the second round. Earlier this week, during a public meeting in Metz, the candidate for Reconquest! repeated the theme “one against all”. “We are ready to save the truth to save France, whatever our opponents say, he warned. We will never hide a truth to please journalists or pollsters. They will not make the law! »
While given a sharp drop in opinion polls, it targeted polling institutes that had underestimated failure in the 2021 regional elections: “They want to say they knew it, (…) they have always been wrong in everything. » During this meeting in Metz, he had also taken a step further in radicalism by promising a ministry of “remigration”, terminology from identity circles, to expel one million foreigners in five years: illegal immigrants, criminals, criminals and “S-files” ”.
This desire to split and chain shock formulas could ultimately provide the desired effect and benefit its far right rival Marine Le Pen. At least that’s what the candidate for the National Rally seems to believe, which answered readers of Parisian, in an interview aired Friday night. For meme Pens, “the appearance” from the former columnist for CNews “and some retrograde aspects of his proposal have made people realize it [le Rassemblement national n’était] not the cartoon. “So yes, Eric Zemmour has enabled a new quality to listen to what we offer”she welcomed.