Marine Le Pen “softer” than the government? A very dangerous game – Liberation

We will have to choose. Marine Le Pen is she “softerThat the government, as Gérald Darmanin mocked Thursday evening? Or is she a “Enemy of the Republic”, as the boss of LREM deputies, Christophe Castaner, describes it, in an interview this Sunday at Parisian. The majority leaders will respond that the two men are in fact on the same line: that the president of the National Rally is a «danger» and that it is by “Facts” that they will succeed in “unmask” the «approximations» of the far-right party as when Le Pen got lost Thursday in the immigration figures in France during her televised duel with the Minister of the Interior on France 2.

But if Castaner hastened to grant an interview in the national press to contradict – certainly in a hushed way – his successor in Beauvau, it is good that some political beacons had to be replaced. And it is no coincidence that he is an ex-socialist, who had to withdraw in 2015 in his region to prevent Marion Maréchal-Le Pen from winning, who takes over a now comrade, ex-UMP . The one who, at the other end of the country, had taken advantage of the withdrawal of the left at the time to become vice-president of Hauts-de-France and deprive Marine Le Pen of regional victory. The “old world” still offers solid political lessons.

How to call now to “block”?

Because how to continue to stick to Le Pen the label of “far right“When you have in your ranks a minister proud to be”harder» what about questions of Islam and immigration? How to call in a few months at «front» or “Republican withdrawals” in order to prevent the RN from pocketing one or two regions (Paca, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)? How to call in support of left-wing voters to “to block” against the RN in the second round of the presidential election in 2022 in the event of a new Macron-Le Pen duel?

Even before the Darmanin-Le Pen face-to-face, many senior officials of the majority were worried in recent weeks of polls which put the RN candidate just a few points away from Emmanuel Macron. “We clearly have a second round problem, confided behind the scenes a historical walker. Left-wing voters risk us failing in the second by staying at home. “ A far-right official, invisible, bad in debate, with a party over-indebted but whose electoral base does not seem to move (25% in the first round). A candidate designated as the main opponent and whose proposals are suggested to be softer than those of a president yet elected on liberal promises and follower of the “at the same time”. All against the backdrop of a state of health emergency, conspiracy, abstention … To want to triangulate too much and speak more to right-wing voters rather than to some of those who had chosen the Macron bulletin three years ago, part of the majority is playing a very dangerous political game.

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