Marine Le Pen, a low noise threat – Liberation


Faced with a Zemmour rehashing his old obsessions, the president of the RN stayed the course of a boring but effective campaign. And appears more dangerous than ever.

In January, we devoted our front page to the “deceptive campaign” of Marine Le Pen, warning about the «danger» that it could represent. Ten days before the first round, this danger is more real than ever. The RN candidate, whom many had buried a little quickly, managed to outrun her main rival, Eric Zemmour, by choosing the right campaign theme: purchasing power. While the ex-controversialist rehashed his obsession with the “great replacement” and went ball in the head on questions of immigration and identity, she unrolled her concern about the cost of living, concern validated and even increased tenfold by the war. in Ukraine. Anxious to avoid the slightest risk-taking, she conducted a quiet campaign, smooth, almost boring, which benefited her. In an anxiety-provoking world, where Eric Zemmour was hysterical, she calmed down.

Finally, she remained zen when some of her relatives, including her niece Marion Maréchal, abandoned her to join the Zemmour camp. This mastery of herself has undoubtedly contributed to her rise in the polls. But you just have to dig a little to see that all this is just a change of facade: basically, Marine Le Pen is the same, she just learned from her last failures. National preference remains at the heart of its program and its social proposals aim above all to deprive immigrants of a maximum of aid to favor “good” French people. The rejection of Muslims is clearly inscribed in the DNA of the RN. It replaced the original anti-Semitism of the FN. And Marine Le Pen’s party does not hide its closeness to authoritarian regimes such as, in recent years, that of Vladimir Putin in Russia or, more recently, that of Viktor Orbán in Hungary. The leader of the far right, who is undoubtedly leading one of her last battles there, will bet everything on a possible face-to-face with Emmanuel Macron in the second round. Counting on a weakening of the Republican front when she will be able to benefit from a vote carryover from part of Eric Zemmour’s electorate who, basically, will have been her useful idiot.


Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.

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