a weekend in the starting blocks – Liberation

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From meetings to demonstrations, our journalists followed this weekend the last political return before the presidential election. From all sides, the campaign has started, without the candidacy of Emmanuel Macron for the moment.

This time, it’s for good: the three knocks have been given, the curtain has been raised and the actors have entered the scene. Some spectators are already bloody; It begins badly. In one of the biggest political weekends of recent years, the presidential campaign got under way. The only twist was the lack of surprises – Eric Ciotti could not worry Valérie Pécresse, Jean-Luc Mélenchon did not give up his place as the best tribune in France, Eric Zemmour did not seek to dilute the hatred of his words in his first big meeting after his supposed “moulting”.

Our journalists were there, from meetings to demonstrations, and were able to observe the almost total abandonment of the “at the same time” policy which had been so successful for Emmanuel Macron. The Congress of the Republicans party, the first warning shot of the weekend, clearly designated its candidate, with a large majority (60.95%), and the latter hastened the following day to clearly define the red lines of the classic right – even more Fillonist than during his campaign, no doubt, but without any intention of going hunting in the lands of the extreme right. In great shape and surrounded by members of his “parliament of the popular union”, Mélenchon presented himself as an obvious candidate from the left while making calls with his foot to anti-pass and yellow vests.

And finally Eric “I’m not a racist” Zemmour made his pack whistle against journalists, anti-racist activists, teachers and of course against Muslims, thus encouraging some of his supporters to beat up a young girl from SOS Racisme while he quietly declined his plagiarism of Poujade, Trump and other theorists of the “Reconquest”, the new name of his party. Its slogan will be “Impossible is not French”, but another sentence attributed to Napoleon seemed more suited to this medley in more than one way: “In politics an absurdity is not an obstacle.” For the moment, only one candidacy is missing, that of the outgoing president. We understand that Emmanuel Macron prefers not to descend into this nauseating arena.

Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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