French presidential election – The Marine Le Pen hypothesis is no longer a science fiction scenario

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On Thursday, the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who is running in the French presidential election for the third time, saw her number of voting intentions increase.

Ten days before the first round of presidential elections in France, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who trusts a “normalized” image and a campaign focusing on purchasing power, continues to make progress in voting intentions and closing the gap for the outgoing president. Emmanuel Macron. A victory for Marine Le Pen, a candidate for the third time in the Queen’s election in France, no longer appears today as a science fiction scenario.

According to an Elabe poll published on Wednesday, Marine Le Pen, who was credited with 21% of the vote in the first round against 28% for Emmanuel Macron, greatly reduced the gap in the second round of elections. She collects 47.5% against 52.5% for the outgoing president, a particularly tight score, and who in theory – and for the first time in this campaign – can see her win if we take the margin of error into account. “I have never been so close to victory,” the candidate launched last week to the readers of “Parisien”.

Operation “de-demonization”

Data over after her failure against Emmanuel Macron in 2017, and especially after a disastrous debate between two rounds for her, Marine Le Pen, daughter of the sulphurous grandstand and historic figure of the French far-right Jean-Marie Le Pen, has patiently returned, smoothed its image, refocused its discourse.

Marine Le Pen is credited with 21% of the votes in the first round of the French presidential election.

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The “de-demonization operation” had begun after her accession in 2011 to the leader of the National Front (now National Rally), as Marine Le Pen had tried to make people forget her father’s anti-Semitic and racist outbursts and get rid of the party’s most troublesome. First worried about the outburst on the political scene this fall for another right-wing extremist candidate, Eric Zemmour, she finally benefited from the former polemicist’s ultra-radical and divisive views.

“Excellent campaign”

While Zemmour, now shrinking in the polls, refreshed his identity, anti-immigration and anti-Islam themes, Marine Le Pen focused his campaign on purchasing power, the French’s biggest concern, and promised emergency measures such as VAT on certain products.

“Marine Le Pen has carried out an excellent campaign, has been at the heart of the French’s concerns, has been working on its issues, has built a national recovery project”, welcomed RFI, National Rally spokesman Julien Odoul …

“A change of facade”

But the change is only “facade” alerted the left-wing daily “Liberation” on Thursday, which featured the far-right candidate, obscured on a black background, with the headline: “She is there. More dangerous than ever.” The 53-year-old candidate’s program “has hardly changed in terms of the basic elements like immigration and national identity “, stressed recently for AFP researcher Cécile Alduy, specialist in the discourse of the far right.

She has simply “chosen another vocabulary to justify it: it is in the name of secularism and republican values, even feminism, that she is attacking Islam and will drastically restrict non-European immigration,” adds Cécile Alduy.

“Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour are actually two sides of the same coin,” notes researcher Raphaël Llorca, author of an essay on “the new masks of the far right.” “We have a historic chance with Marine Le Pen to put national ideas to power,” insisted RFI Julien Odoul, a spokesman for a party that plans to include “national preference” in the constitution and will organize a referendum on immigration as soon as possible. he came to power.

“A choice never falls from the sky”

Marine Le Pen’s party wanted to abolish benefits for foreigners working full-time for less than 5 years and reserve family benefits for households with at least one French parent, saying the measures would save € 9.2 billion a year.

Faced with Marine Le Pen’s progress, the presidential camp, which had so far been very convinced of its master’s likely victory, is remobilized. “An election never falls from the sky, you have to pick it up,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal commented on LCI on Thursday. “I will fight to continue to convince,” assured candidate Emmanuel Macron, who has made a minimum campaign so far.

(AFP)

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