The stakes are high and the fights are tough and centrist President Emmanuel Macron must win. But to a visitor from space, the French general election in June may seem like a showdown between the far right and the far left.
A month before the first round of voting, the campaign to secure 577 seats in the French lower house was brutal. Pressure is mounting since the April presidential election, when President Macron defeated far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a runoff and thwarted his third run for president.
The pan exploded in June when Le Pen’s political nemesis, far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, took a position to outdo both her and the Macron he hoped, as she allied with left-wing parties. .
So now Le Pen sees melanchon as its main enemy. That’s because she’s trying to keep a politically relevant national rally while making a good appearance in Congress.
Her party’s campaign slogan, “Only Against Macron,” proves she’s competing with the far-left leader.
Encouraged by the alliance, Melanchon himself declared that he would usurp a majority of Macron and become France’s next prime minister. It is the sole appointment of the president.
Le Pen’s hopes are not lofty. She created a “strong” congressional group with at least 15 members to give her anti-immigrant party more speaking time and other privileges, giving her her own voice and harassing her powers.
Le Pen taunts melanchon as a “court clown” who could never become prime minister. But she told RTL Radio this week that if she gets enough votes, however, Mellen Chon could transform the National Assembly into a paradise for illegal squatters of the left movement. “She wants to open a prison because the prison is not good,” she said.
To her party’s interim president, Melenchon represents a “threat to the republic”.
“Today’s extremism is on Melenchon’s side,” Jordan Bardella said at a press conference, using the exact name the French press favors for the far-right party.
Le Pen and Melanchon are long-time political opponents. But his animosity toward Le Pen was deepened by Melanchon’s left-leaning alliance with the Socialists, Communists and Greens. Le Pen’s party stole some of the party’s known figures, but rejected an alliance with the fledgling far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemour, who received only 7% of the vote.
Paradoxically, while Le Pen ranked second compared to melanchon and raised the far-right to an unprecedented election, the party led by Le Pen enters the 6/12/19 general election from a weaker position than melanchon. his ally.
France’s legislative voting system is preventing the president and Le Pen parties from penetrating the majority. In the last general election, only eight members of the National Assembly won seats. Looking to renew her seat, Le Pen is one of 569 candidates nominated across France by her political party to which she belongs.
Far-right expert Jean-Yves said: “It’s a very brutal campaign. At the same time, it’s a campaign where you can’t see real discussions. Many French get the impression that everyday problems are not being solved.” Camus. “It’s a somewhat surreal campaign where Melenchon says ‘I, Prime Minister’,” he added.
Macron’s party and centrist allies hold over 300 seats in the outgoing parliament. Nevertheless, his mobile republic changed its name to Renaissance and allied itself with other centrists.
“This is going to be the toughest election campaign ever.” The president has warned his party candidates this week. “Our country is divided.”
Divisiveness, drama, and harsh rhetoric are nothing new to French elections.
“France is a country with a very fragmented political tradition,” Camus said. “You have an impression of two parts of the country that are hard to tell.”