Wednesday, May 18

Presidential 2022. Europe: Le Pen wants a “European alliance of nations”, Mélenchon advocates disobedience

On the eve of Emmanuel Macron’s address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg to launch the French Presidency of the Council of the EU (PFUE), Marine Le Pen (RN) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (LFI) presented their vision of Europe on Tuesday.

During a press conference organized at the end of the morning, the far-right candidate castigated the idea of ​​”European sovereignty” defended, according to her, by the “Macron-Pécresse twins” which “seems to her to be totally incompatible with the presidential function” guaranteeing “national independence”.

In the EU everything remains to change

Marine Le Pen

The presidential election will be an opportunity to “decide between two visions of Europe”, that of the “Europeanists”, of a Union “dominating nations”, and “that which I carry of a European alliance of nations”, has argues the former MEP from 2004 to 2017.

“In the EU everything remains to be changed”, she concluded, advocating in particular the reestablishment of “permanent controls at national borders”, the “exit” from the European energy market which is a “total absurdity”, and “the exit of agricultural products from free trade agreements”.

Mélenchon wants to “negotiate new European texts”

At the end of the morning, Jean-Luc Mélenchon presented his “opt-out” strategy in Strasbourg. The Insoumis, who was an MEP from 2009 to 2017, defends this strategy not to apply certain European directives.

The candidate for the presidential election also wants the “negotiation of new European texts compatible with climatic and social emergencies and submitted to a referendum of the French people for approval”. He proposes in particular “the recovery by the States of their budgetary sovereignty”, “the modification of the statute of the European Central Bank”, or even “the establishment of ecological protectionism and “the right to water as a fundamental right for all Europeans.

Conditions are riper than ever for big change in Europe

Jean-Luc Melenchon

In an interview with Le Monde, he had thus proposed to “restore our sovereignty based on two essential clauses: social, ecological and democratic non-regression, and alignment with the best-priced standards” at European level. “The conditions are more ripe than ever for a big change in Europe.”

Speech by Jadot and Zemmour this Wednesday

Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon had planned to speak on Europe before Emmanuel Macron’s speech scheduled for Wednesday. Only one declared candidate for the April 10 ballot will be in the Strasbourg hemicycle at that time, the ecologist Yannick Jadot, MEP since 2019. He will deliver a speech on Wednesday before his colleagues presented as an important moment in his campaign because the Europe is an “essential subject for ecologists, a real project of civilization”, according to him.

As for Eric Zemmour chose Calais, a city symbol of the migration issue, to make a speech on Europe on Wednesday.

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