The debate was expected. On the one hand, Gerald Darmanin, the Minister of the Interior. At less than 40 years old, the former LR, joined by Emmanuel Macron, is one of the heavyweights of the macronie.
On the other hand Marine Le Pen, candidate for the third time for the presidential election, leader for ten years of the National Rally, ex-FN, a far-right party that the polls announce present in the second round of the next presidential election.
The political stake was important. For many, it was a bit of a dress rehearsal before the 2022 campaign. The themes chosen by the program “Vous ont la parole” on France 2 were exclusively devoted to the law reinforcing the principles of the Republic, currently under discussion at The national assembly.
Radical Islamism, terrorism, immigration, unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers, wearing the veil: the sovereign subjects have always been those of Marine Le Pen and she was on familiar ground.
Explosive in theory
Yet, explosive as it was in theory, the debate was rather civil and courteous, with a few exceptions. The two protagonists took care to appear in their best light, so as not to offend any electorate and not to damage their respective image.
Marine Le Pen and Gérald Darmanin had prepared the program which was very civilized, fueled by technical and quantified arguments. So it was a bit like a legal text: very interesting when you dive into it, but necessarily a little boring when you are not familiar with the subjects raised.
Caution and smile
Marine Le Pen’s goal was to win the presidential election. His goal was to make people forget his catastrophic between-two-rounds debate in 2017, against Emmanuel Macron. She had appeared aggressive in tone and approximate on the files. She wanted to show a new face: that of a woman who could rule the country in a little less than eighteen months.
She was very careful, displaying a smile and compliments: “Your book, I shouldn’t have signed it anymore”, “I am happy to have been able to discuss with you”.
Gérald Darmanin tried to be more incisive, placing a few repartees, obviously prepared:
“There is the Marine Le Pen of the trays and the Marine Le Pen of the parliaments”.
“You have to take vitamins; you are not tough enough”. “You are soft”.
We were expecting a match between Marine Le Pen and Gerald Darmanin, like a rehearsal of what could be a debate in the middle of the presidential campaign.
Finally, there was a technical debate, very quantified, particularly on immigration, but no confrontation. The two debaters clearly had more to lose than to gain.
The result is that it was difficult without getting to the bottom of the debate, to see big differences between the two. The left, absent from this debate, will no doubt now have arguments to oppose both. She may ultimately be the winner of this debate.
Source: A la Une – Le Progrès | Le Progrès by www.leprogres.fr.
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