The presidential campaign in France ends this Friday, leaving behind an impression of incompleteness and lack of enthusiasm as were the previous campaigns. The candidates are on their home stretch before a vote scheduled for Sunday.
The 12 presidential candidates are on the final push to convince the French to vote for them to occupy the Elysée.
This year, marked by the crisis between Ukraine and Russia, and a recovery after two years of pandemic, the atmosphere of the campaign for the elections was gloomy and lacked this passion which animated the debates during the previous elections.
The outgoing president, candidate for re-election, Emmanuel Macron, made a belated announcement for his candidacy, and is at the same time pursuing a voluntary foreign policy on the subject of the crisis in Ukraine, while fulfilling his responsibilities within the framework of the French presidency of the European Union.
The traditional French left, the Socialist Party (PS) from which former President François Hollande came, is the big loser of this election because of the great differences between the candidates and the lack of leadership within the party.
This bursting of the left has served Emmanuel Macron as much, who embodies a centrist position including left and right ideas, but above all favored the rise of the discourse of the far right which has monopolized the political scene in the absence of a counter weight.
This year, the far right, represented by Marine Le Pen, heiress of Jean Marie Le Pen (National Front) has been strengthened with the arrival of the polemicist Eric Zemmour, on the strength of his audience scores and a television program which was custom made.
This preponderance of the right and the extreme right in France with 3 candidates from this political movement (with the traditional right represented by Valérie Pécresse) is a historic first in the country.
Facing them remains a split left, with a single candidate likely to be a challenger to counter the radical ideas put forward by these controversial candidates who have made no secret of their closeness to Russia.
This is Jean-Luc Mélenchon, from the radical left, and who offers a program of the most tied up for this presidential election. According to polls of intention to vote, he embodies a 3rd way for voters, and therefore comes behind Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen who has tried to take care of his image.
According to observers, this presidential election will be a reproduction of that of 2017, with a second round between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. And that’s where the president could kickstart his campaign and strengthen his strategy. It should also benefit from the support of the other parties which should stand together to block the road to the extreme right.
The abstention rate will be decisive for this campaign. If it is high, there will be great risks of reproducing the scenario of 2002 when for the first time, the extreme right passed to the second round of the presidential election, during a duel between Jacques Chirac and Jean-Marie Le Pen .
Several political figures (or candidates) have already announced their support for other candidates, such as the communist Fabien Roussel who announced that he would block Mrs Le Pen, the former Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira who announced that she supported the candidacy of Jean-Luc Melenchon.
Valérie Pécresse, did not want to decide for a candidate, while the polls are very tight, she refused to “give instructions” for her voters, nevertheless for whom she will vote.
“I will say who I vote for, but no instructions,” she said, and clarified on Twitter: “I will clearly say what my vote will be and I will say the path that I think is good for France”.