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POLITICS – From Pas-de-Calais with love. Emmanuel Macron did not wait long after the results of the first round to return to the campaign and send messages to undecided voters in his duel with Marine Le Pen. On the move in Hauts-de-France, in Denain and Carvin, Monday April 11, the president-candidate notably explained that he was ready to “move” on the pension reform, citing Jean Jaurès in support.
Aware that his main reserve of votes is among the voters of Jean-Luc Mélenchon or – to a lesser extent – among the ecologists, the head of state is mainly aimed at the left. Even if it means doing a little too much on the references, after a five-year term of siphoning off the votes of the right, and not enough on the detail of the measures according to the main interested parties.
Much more than presidential postcards, these voters now expect real proof of love from Emmanuel Macron a stone’s throw from the second round. Concrete commitments.
“To address the voters who have voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whom I want to say here that they do not belong to anyone, it will take more than communication or small signs like what I have heard since. the beginning of the week, in my opinion, to convince them on the merits”, estimated for example the campaign manager of the Insoumis candidate, Manuel Bompard, this Wednesday on franceinfo, specifying that he has nothing to “negotiate” with The head of state.
Before him, it was his rebellious colleague in the European Parliament, Manon Aubry, who called for “using the strength of the popular bloc”, the 22% won by Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round, to weigh in on the debate. “I think we have to use it already to put pressure on Emmanuel Macron”, she explained on Tuesday in the Mediapart program “À l’air libre”, before criticizing her slight amendment on the pension reform: “From 65 to 64 years old. Who is he kidding? It’s the same.”
A little music that finds an echo beyond the purely political sphere. Sociologist Dominique Méda signed a column on Tuesday in Release, to ask the president-candidate to “give proof, if not of love, at least of respect and listening to all those whose votes he wishes”. For her, the time is for “compromises”, for a “common program” and for “solemn commitments” to “get out of a virilistic conception of political combat where the winner crushes the loser”.
Otherwise “the weariness of blocking the extreme right” could lead to the worst. This is also explained by the novelist Annie Erneaux, who supported Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round, in a more direct style. It is impossible for her, she explains in an interview published on April 11 in Freedto “give discharge to Macron, there, immediately.”
What can Macron move on?
“No need to tell you that I will never vote for Marine Le Pen, I will always fight her”, she affirms, “but I do not want to say, today, the day after the first round, that I will vote Macron . It is necessary, during these fifteen days, to question it, to demand answers and commitments.
In this context, what can the Head of State do? While the heavyweights of macronie, such as Richard Ferrand and Gabriel Attal insist on the “common values” between their voters and those of Mélenchon, Emmanuel Macron remains vague. “The project can be enriched”, he admitted, on Monday, during his first trip between the two rounds, “saying he was ready to discuss the rhythm and the complements” and to add a bit of ecology. Nothing very concrete for the moment.
In his entourage, quoted by AFP earlier this week, the main emphasis is on “the method”, “with negotiations during round tables”, with a “development of program measures” but no “reorientation”.
What to satisfy voters still undecided? Response with future trends. In the meantime, the pressure seems to be increasing on the ground and is weighing on Emmanuel Macron’s campaign. His rally in Strasbourg on Tuesday evening was disrupted for a long time by activists, including some from rebellious France, who asked him in particular to “return the ISF”. “Demand answers”, therefore, even in its meetings.
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