Launch of the official presidential campaign in France

After a weekend of mobilization in all camps, it’s time for the official campaign on Monday. It gives the candidates – including the favorite Emmanuel Macron – two weeks to create awareness among the French, who have so far been a bit in the background.

Thirteen days before the first round on April 10 and the day after meetings full of fervor on the right and left, nothing has yet folded.

But opinion polls follow suit and, according to the latest Ipsos-Cevipof poll published on Monday, place the outgoing president (about 28%) far ahead of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen (17.5%). This is closely followed by the leader of the radical left wing Jean-Luc Mélenchon (14%), the former polemicist Eric Zemmour (11.5%) and the right wing candidate Valérie Pécresse (10%), who are vying for fourth and fifth places.

Nearly four out of ten voters who are sure to vote have not yet made their choice. “When I see this interest in the campaign so low, when I see a quarter of the French who could still change their minds (…), things can still move”, emphasizes the director of Ifop, Frédéric Dabi, at Public Sénat, who adds that “there may still be surprises”.

The failure that could break a record also apparently hovers over this atypical presidential election.

Green record

The health crisis associated with Covid-19 and the war on the European continent, in Ukraine, shattered a campaign that was slow to really pick up speed, despite candidates firing on all cylinders.

When Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the best-placed leftist according to opinion polls, gathered thousands of people at the Prado in Marseille on Sunday, one of his rivals, Yannick Jadot, filled the Zenith in Paris for the biggest meeting in history. French ecology with 3500 to 4000 people.

The Insoumis leader warned against “a cheap second round” between Mr. Macron and Mrs. Le Pen, who narrowly missed the second round march in 2017.

The far-right candidate Eric Zemmour filled up for his rally on Sunday at the Trocadéro, however, marked by shouts of “Macron killer”, which he did not stop. An incident condemned by the spokesman for the presidential candidate as well as most of the other candidates.

Macron in socialist country

The RN candidate experienced a hectic weekend for his first trip to Guadeloupe, while Valérie Pécresse, who was hit by Covid-19, urged BFMTV and RMC on Monday to have the “scenario written in advance” lie. , by highlighting his differences with Emmanuel Macron and the far-right candidates.

In this tense context, Emmanuel Macron travels to Dijon on Monday, a city led by the socialist François Rebsamen, who gathered the candidate, to meet high school students. He has made education one of his priorities for a possible second term.

In the Burgundian city, he has also planned a “hike” to meet residents and traders, as a minimum for him in this campaign. The candidate has so far held only two meetings with the public and is arranging his first, and perhaps last, big meeting next Saturday at the Paris Arena.

Talk time and posters

Talk time, official posters, clips: With the start of the official campaign on Monday, candidates are required to follow strict rules.

No more wild postings or extensive interviews. The speaking time of the twelve presidential candidates, from President Macron to Lutte Ouvrière candidate Nathalie Arthaud, is now counted according to the principle of strict equality, each having the same broadcast time in the media.

Candidates around 1 or 2% in the polls condemn this difficulty in getting their vote heard, as Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who said at France Inter on Monday that he “probably” led his last presidential campaign.

Monday also marks the beginning of time for campaign clips on radio and television, as well as creeds in the mailboxes of about 48.7 million French people who in March 2022 are registered on the electoral rolls, according to INSEE.

The official campaign ends on April 9 at midnight, the day before the election. The second round is scheduled for April 24.

This article has been published automatically. Sources: ats / blg / afp

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