Elections in France: Macron and Le Pen “sharpen their teeth” before an important electoral debate

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Elections in France: Macron and Le Pen

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selfie. The far-right candidate Marine Le Pen posed with a supporter in Saint-Pierre-en-Auge. Photo: AP

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As the French enjoy the “Holy Monday” holiday in the spring, presidential candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are preparing the next big battle. The presidential debate on Wednesday night, the toughest test of the campaign for the National Regrouping candidate.

President Emmanuel Macron trains at the Elysee, without giving up his activities as head of state. But this holiday will be dedicated toin preparation for the debate at La Lanterne, hein residence in the garden of Versailles.

Le Pen left for Rouen and then settled in the country, with friends in the west of France, in turn around and rest before Wednesday. He believes the failure of his last debate was because he was “exhausted” after the campaign.

Archive.  Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the debate in 2017. Photo: AFP

Archive. Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the debate in 2017. Photo: AFP

The scenario will be different: the two candidates will be separated by 2 meters fifty and four meters between the journalists. More than 16 million French are expected to watch the debate.

A difficult debate for the Marine

The leader of the former National Front must show that This is not the Marine of 2017, which Macron smashed like a teacher in front of the bad student. A new tone, a non-anti-republican or provocative, respectful speaker and don’t get me wrong with the numbers of your own electoral program, if you want to be credible. Your biggest problem is your image of the incompetent. He has 5 years to change this.

If he seeks to attract his popular electorate, he must provide a coherent response to his delusional and populist proposals on purchasing power, the elimination of taxes and retirement at age 60, which it will no longer be funded.

Marine Le Pen campaigns in Saint-Pierre-en-Auge, Normandy.  Photo: AP

Marine Le Pen campaigns in Saint-Pierre-en-Auge, Normandy. Photo: AP

Economists and constitutionalists believe that the Marine Le Pen program “unfeasible” only. A sum of populist proposals, which it intends to impose by referendum and ignoring the Constitution of France. That will be the first difficulty he will have when he reaches out to the government. The Constitutional Council, the highest legal body, may individually repeal them and he will not be able to manage.

Unconstitutional “national priority”

His idea of ​​creating a “national priority”, in terms of employment, assistance and social housing, and suppressing the residence authorization of all foreigners who have not worked for more than a year and deporting them out of the country, is unconstitutional. The first action of the Le Pen government could come up a constitutional crisis There is no history in France.

His anti-Europeanism could result in another rivalry: a major crisis in the EU, when the war was going on in Ukraine and he was in favor of Russia and Vladimir Putin. So far he has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and his campaign has been funded by a Hungarian bank, at the request of Putin.

He knows Brexit is a failure in Great Britain, he thinks blow up the EU from within. It no longer advocates departure from the European Union or NATO but changes them. He changed his speech but not his “Frexit” ·, in ambush.

Marine Le Pen plans to blow up the EU from within.  Photo: AP

Marine Le Pen plans to blow up the EU from within. Photo: AP

To fight against foreign competition, it will strengthen barriers against imported products under strict regulations and it wantsexclude agriculture of free trade agreements, such as Mercosur.

All these are steps that will upset Brussels when France is a net contributor to the European budget. His country represents 5 percent of world GDP and Le Pen aims to destroy the alliance between France and Germany.

Among the relatives who will help with his preparation are Philippe Olivier, his special advisor, Renaud Labaye, his chief of staff, and Christophe Bay, his campaign manager.

At these times there will be training of LePen. An ENA graduate will play the role of Macron on the ring side of the debate.

In Avignon, Le Pen wanted to win on the left and reminded them of the

In Avignon, Le Pen wanted to win on the left and reminded them of the “president’s insult to the French people.” Photo: AP

In Avignon, Le Pen wanted to take over the left and reminded them “The president’s contempt for the French people.” You can’t do it again if you don’t want to lose. Marines were not able to give in to the provocation, in Chicana. If he doesn’t achieve political maturity, a height of head of state, Macron will be able to destroy him, as in 2017. A mockery that lasts until now, given the expectations of the new debate.

Macron’s approach

The president returned to his loyalists to prepare for the great debate: his agriculture minister, Julien Denormandie, Alexis Kohler, general secretary of the Elysée and Ismaël Emelien, co -founder of ‘En march’, his party, and former adviser of the president.

Emmanuel Macron is campaigning in Marseille.  Photo: AP

Emmanuel Macron is campaigning in Marseille. Photo: AP

If there’s one thing Macron knows how to do, it’s the debate. he wants. It will remind Le Pen of his inconsistencies, his changes in opinion, his threat to expel foreigners, his xenophobia, his relationship with Putin.

But you have to restrain your arrogancetheir insulting “little phrase”that the French hated his personality, the idea that he was defending the interests of the most powerful when he had to defeat the Melenchonists who wanted to vote blank and the abstentionists.

“We will remember what France would be like today if he took the lead and pointed out all the changes in his project in the European Union, in pensions, in Russia,” said one of Macron’s advisers.

Emmanuel Macron acted in Marseille.  Photo: Noel Smart

Emmanuel Macron acted in Marseille. Photo: Noel Smart

The head of state will try to repeat what he announced during his tour of Mulhouse, in the Great East, where the COVID pandemic is rampant, with a large number of deaths. Le Pen “I will treat people with chloroquine and with ineffective vaccines in Russia,” Macron recalled on April 12, in front of nurses.

A choice of civilization

In Marseille, Emmanuel Macron launched another deadly phrase against Le Pen: “It is a civilization election” to be held next Sunday.

“The election before us, you understand, is not just the election of a President of the Republic. It is in fact a choice of civilization“, the head of state affirmed. He called on his supporters to” not whistle to the extreme right but defeat him 24th April “.

Although the gap in the second round between the candidates is quite smallthe president chose to stage his re -election.

He never mentioned Le Pen or his party but he recalled the National Front, as the party was called before it was renamed, in his dediabolization process.

He reaffirmed from the Palais du Pharo in Marseille that the vote would be on April 24 will be a “referendum”“for or against the European Union”, “for or against ecology”, “for or against our youth” and “for or against our Republic”.

The constitution is at the center of the debate

While Marine Le Pen was calling for a “referendum revolution”, believing “only the people should have the opportunity to review the Constitution”, and not Parliament, Emmanuel Macron launched a new attack.

“I have a profound difference with the right -wing candidate. I am for Constitutional reform, respect for the Constitution. He, he proposes Constitutional reform without respecting the Constitution. It is made very well in Hungary”, Denounced President Macron, on public radio. “Grabe naman,” he pointed out.

Pointing the finger at Budapest and at its president, Viktor Orban, Emmanuel Macron referred to Le Pen’s visit to Hungary in November. There he was welcomed by the Hungarian president, who was subject to sanctions from the European Commission for not respecting the rule of law.

Russia and Ukraine are also not left out of the debate. So far Macron is avoiding it. But his spokesman Gabriel Atta now accused him: “Vladimir Putin is with you everywhere: in your bank accounts, in your advertising, even in your program when you talk about an alliance with Russia, “launched by the secretary of state.

“For or against our Republic.” That would be the basis of Macron’s debate with Marine Le Pen. He will declare that he wants to reform the Constitution without respecting it and his “verbal violence” and that “he does not want to see people who are not like him.”

Paris, correspondent

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