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POLICY – “Do you two agree on everything?” It is 9:50 p.m., and Thomas Sotto, the journalist-host of France 2, has almost summed up the 45 minutes of debate between Gérald Darmanin and Marine Le Pen. In opposition to a few points, such as the supervision of family instruction or the wearing of the veil, the two protagonists of the program “Vous ont la parole” have above all displayed their convergences of views on several of their dear themes.
Anxious not to reproduce the painful fiasco of the 2017 presidential debate, the president of the National Rally played the measure. She recognized in particular that “articles” of the so-called “separatism” bill carried by Gérald Darmanin were “in the right direction”, even explaining that she reserved the possibility of voting in favor of the text currently under discussion at the National Assembly.
A boon for the Minister of the Interior, who was able to multiply the pikes against him, going so far as to accuse the member of Pas-de-Calais of being “shaky” on sovereign issues, when the latter criticized the government to lack firmness in the face of Islamism.
“I could have signed this book”
“Madame Le Pen, in her strategy of demonization almost amounts to being a little soft. You have to take back vitamins, you are not tough enough. If I take what Mr. Ravier says, what Ms. Maréchal Le Pen says, what Mr. Collard says, there is really a strong difference … you are prepared not to even legislate on cults and you say that the Islam is not even a problem ”, thus launched Gérald Darmanin to his opponent of the evening who had however just made a confession:“ I could have signed your book. ”
Coming with his counter-proposal for a law targeting “Islamist ideologies” in a pocket, and the last work of the Minister of the Interior, entitled ″Islamist separatism – Manifesto for secularism ”, in the other, Marine Le Pen found herself praising Gerald Darmanin. “Objectively, apart from a few inconsistencies (…) I could have signed this book”, she explained. And to add to the address of the minister: “you describe Islamism in an extremely clear way.”
One way for her to better criticize the weakness of the text under debate in Parliament which “limits the freedoms of everyone to limit the freedoms of a few extremists.” Ironically on several occasions on the “softness” of the patroness of the National Rally, Gerald Darmanin also endeavored to point out his errors or approximations, as on the immigration figures. One of the few striking differences between the two speeches.
“We announced the great duel, I heard the great duo”
“You say a lot of things which are not the truth or which are not the text, which are not the right”, accused the one who played the role of the head of state by proxy. Apart from these few heated exchanges, the debate turned out to be less passionate than expected, often boiling down to semantic battles.
What to give an angle of attack all found to the elected representatives of the parties absent from the party, who struggled, this Thursday evening, to note the strong differences between the two guests. “We announced the great duel, that’s what you said, I especially heard the great duo”, immediately squeaked the Insoumis deputy of Seine-Saint-Denis Alexis Corbière in the program of “decryption ”Which followed“ You have the floor. ” “We have seen Madame Le Pen say about this law that apart from an article on a secondary issue, namely family education (…) she would vote for it”, he pointed out.
Same feeling on the side of Boris Vallaud. Also invited to the France 2 plateau, the Socialist deputy for the Landes expressed a sort of unease in the face of “a bantering discussion”, or “the question of knowing what he could agree on or what the differences were”.
“But there is no possibility of coming to an understanding with the extreme right and the minister should have said with much more clearly that the opponent of the Republic is also the extreme right”, he said. – he esteemed in front of Léa Salamé and Thomas Sotto.
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