Marine Le Pen seems to have a tenacious grudge. Five years after her defeat against Emmanuel Macron in the second of the presidential election, after an in-between round debate deemed missed by the majority of observers, the RN candidate has chosen to launch Act II of her campaign at the place where his adversary had savored his victory: in the courtyard of the Louvre. “It is here, five years ago that Emmanuel Macron began a five-year term that Emmanuel Macron presented as ambitious (…) five years later, the promise of this “confidence which obliges”, of this benevolence exhibited, of this proclaimed reconciliation, this asserted humility, this respect for everyone, have vanished, ”says Marine Le Pen in a clip of 3 minutes 30.
She multiplies the historical references there, like her competitor on the far right Eric Zemmour, strolling in the courtyard of the Louvre, “mythical place which symbolizes the continuity of France”, chosen to deliver “a message of mobilization and hope”. The president of the National Rally thus wants to regain her place as the first opponent to Emmanuel Macron and reinstall the divide between the camp of the “globalists”, which the president embodies in her eyes, and that of the “nationals”, whom she intends to represent.
The match of the French presidency of the EU
“To definitively close the parenthesis opened five years ago of toxic macronism for the country, I need you by my side”, she concludes. This clip, released the day she was to hold a “presidential convention” in Reims, finally postponed due to “the health situation”, did not please the Louvre, which regretted a “campaign video” filmed on Tuesday “without any authorization of the museum, in violation of the rules of law” on public domains. The far-right candidate is also due to hold a press conference on France’s presidency of the European Union on Tuesday, the day before Emmanuel Macron’s speech to the European Parliament.
However, the Head of State, who no longer hides his “desire” to be a candidate, intends to highlight the French presidency of the EU as the high point of his mandate. On the EU presidency, Marine Le Pen also intends to position herself against Emmanuel Macron. MEP Nicolas Bay denounced in Le Point a “communication operation in the service of (the) presidential campaign” of the outgoing president. The candidate, who has given up on leaving the euro, now defends a Europe “of nations and cooperation” with, underlines Nicolas Bay, “real borders” and “having the same civilization in common”.
Take the right head
Faced with the “mega supra candidate of bankers”, the candidate RN claims to represent “France of the forgotten” and the working classes. She accuses the president of “dividing” the country, “persecuting” the unvaccinated, and sowing “chaos” when she promises “national unity” and “tranquility”. But Marine Le Pen is now in competition in her own camp with Eric Zemmour, who affirms that there is “no monopoly of the national candidacy”, and on the right by Valérie Pécresse, given shoulder to shoulder with her according to recent polls, even qualified in the second round in his place.
Hence the urgency for the 2017 loser to re-establish herself as the number one opponent. And she does not hesitate to attack them directly, accusing the “candidate of the plateaus” Eric Zemmour of serving as a “stepping stone” for the “candidate of the metropolises” Valérie Pécresse thanks to the sponsorships of elected LR in favor of the former columnist. Marine Le Pen also presents herself as the only “reasonable” candidate. When Emmanuel Macron says he wants to “piss off” the non-vaccinated, and Valérie Pécresse brings out Nicolas Sarkozy’s “Karchër” to “clean up the neighborhoods”, she replies that she does not want “to speak loudly, but just”. On the right too, the campaign is played with fists.