All want to beat Emmanuel Macron. Since the French president announced his candidacy for the presidential election in April, all the candidates have had only one dream, to dethrone the president, who has become the man “to be beaten”, especially among the far right who believe they have a chance. .
Since the last presidential elections were held between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the dream of the far right to torpedo the presidential seat of the current president is increasingly felt.
With the arrival of the polemicist Eric Zemmour to amplify the voice and strengthen the ranks of this clan which was quickly credited with at least 13% of voting intention without having a program or a party, the idea of a France racist and anti-immigration, anti-European, is feared for this new presidential election which must begin in barely 1 month.
It is more exactly 37 days that separate France from its “new” president and for Emmanuel Macron “nothing is written” and nothing is gained for anyone, even if he is at the top of the polls of voting intentions with about 28% in the first round, ahead of Marine Le Pen at 16%, Valérie Pécresse and Eric Zemmour.
For a long time, the French blocked the extreme right at the last moment. Sometimes it took the left and the right to form a common front to prevent the ideas of the hard right. The question is whether this year, with such a heterogeneous group of candidates, it will not be those who make the greatest promises who will win.
For President Emmanuel Macron, who announced his candidacy in a letter to the French on Thursday evening, the latter “do not give their confidence like that”, he said in a video where he promises “to convince, to propose, to be attacked and respond to controversy” during the campaign despite the impact of the war in Ukraine.
“If at every second, we consider that confidence is acquired and that we do not have to question ourselves and go get it, to solicit it, at that moment, we lose”, added the one who is facing a five-year term marked by a major global health crisis and a crisis of confidence which has manifested itself in the “yellow vests”.
In addition, Emmanuel Macron, as President of France who holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, faces a war, declared at the gates of Europe. His work and his initiatives to reduce tensions make him a popular character who will be difficult to criticize, especially by far-right candidates who want France to leave the European Union.
This was notably the position of the polemicist Eric Zemmour who deplored that the war in Ukraine “diverts attention from major issues for France in the next five years”. But for the representative of the right (Les Républicains), Valérie Pécresse, international circumstances should not impose a change in the calendar for the traditional televised debates between candidates.
For her, a televised debate with the outgoing president is “absolutely necessary” in this “amazing” campaign. Valérie Pécresse believes that Emmanuel Macron “cannot put himself above the people today and not come into the arena to debate”.
The Republican candidate also believes that candidates from the “extreme” will be “disqualified” anyway for having supported Russian President Vladimir Putin. She considers herself in this sense, automatically qualified in the second round to “block” the “far right”.
“They are under the influence of a foreign power. They are under the influence of a dictator who is bringing fire to the European continent,” she said, referring to Jean-Luc Mélenchon (extreme left), and the two representatives of the extreme right, Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen.
But that is not the opinion of certain politicians who believe that she is unable to do so, especially in front of a sly and thunderous Eric Zemmour, who takes up too much space and has the advantage of being a familiar face of the PAF.
It is also for this reason that Marine Le Pen has adopted a change in her way of presenting herself to play against the polemicist. She is calmer, seems softened, to give the impression of a far-right figure, but more “human” than Eric Zemmour, less radical and frightening than the latter.
But that will probably not make us forget the commitments and “values” common to Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen that Emmanuel Macron had raised in 2015, at the time still a candidate.
“The project of the extreme right is also the fight against the freedom of the press…it is the fight against the freedom of women, abortion questioned…against the rights of same-sex couples. How many homophobic acts, how many outrageous expressions?… What other party has so much violence to its credit? “, he said, speaking of the National Front of Marine Le Pen.