Wednesday, May 18

Presidential: rallies and war of nerves on the right

Rallies to the right are on the agenda of the presidential campaign on Saturday, Valérie Pécresse (LR) seeing herself dubbed by two small centrist parties, while Eric Zemmour (Reconquest) steals new support from Marine Le Pen (RN) , fueling their merciless struggle.

On the left, Anne Hidalgo (PS), tested by the bad polls and the soap opera of the primaries, promised during her third big meeting, in Aubervilliers near Paris, not to “resign herself to the difficulty”.

While the political world speculates on the date of his declaration of candidacy, Emmanuel Macron continues to race ahead in the polls.

The outgoing president would get 25% in the first round if it took place on Sunday, ahead of Valérie Pécresse (LR) and Marine Le Pen (RN) tied at 15.5%, according to an Ipsos-Sopra Steria survey on Saturday for Le Monde, the Jean Jaurès Foundation and the Cevipof with more than 12,500 people.

In the second round, the quasi-candidate would win with 54% of the votes against Ms. Pécresse (46%), and 57% against Ms. Le Pen (43%).

Eric Zemmour (Reconquest), given 13% in the first round, is campaigning on Saturday in Cannes (Alpes-Maritimes), on land which is a priori favorable to him.

He wandered for two hours without incident in the city, surrounded by a crowd of supporters.

“We toast to the gathering of the right-wing people who have been artificially divided for 40 years. We are going to bring them together, and precisely I am here for that”, launched the ex-editorialist of the far right in a cafe.

– Collard with Zemmour –

Eric Zemmour, who had considered a stroll on an island facing Cannes, must finally, according to his entourage, continue with meetings with elected officials. And at the end of the day, he hopes to bring together 4,000 people in a meeting where he will display his latest catch, the media MEP RN Gilbert Collard.

The Le Pen camp affects for the moment to take high this new rallying of an RN official, after those of the MEP Jérôme Rivière and the former identitarian Damien Rieu.

The RN mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot, one of the vice-presidents of the party, thus castigated on Twitter “the egos (which) overheat and the betrayals”. Many elected officials and RN activists also post photos of Marine Le Pen with the hashtag #fidelite.

Much more serene Saturday for the Republican candidate Valérie Pécresse, who stages the support of her centrist wing, after having consolidated her right side the day before by displaying her reunion with Laurent Wauquiez.

“My project is on the right, it is breaking, but it is 100% compatible with your values”, assured the candidate LR before the small party Les Centristes, whose president Hervé Morin is already part of his campaign team.

Candidate LR is then expected at the National Council of the UDI. The president of the UDI, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, called on her on Friday to “bring together the right and the center and seek out the voters who vote Macron”.

– “In your dreams!” –

Weighed down by the polls – 3.5% of voting intentions for Ipsos-Sopra Steria -, the socialist Anne Hidalgo adopted an offensive tone to rally the energies of the good thousand people who came to listen to her in Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint -Denis), the same figure as at its two previous meetings, in Lille and Perpignan.

“In your dreams!” It is with these words that the mayor of Paris sharply responded to the “prophets of doom” who would like her to “resign herself to the difficulty” of the PS campaign.

“They all got into it, to push us aside (…) and whistle the end of the match even before kick-off”, she denounced, targeting “the vindictive chorus of the conservatives”, but also , in a veiled reproach against the LFI candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, “a part of the left which claims to be fighting the right but above all dreams of the disappearance of social democracy”.

Ms. Hidalgo repeated once again on Friday that she would take “no account” of the result of the popular primary, a citizens’ initiative aimed at deciding between left-wing candidates, which is to reveal on Sunday evening the final number of people registered to vote there, from January 27 to 30. They already claimed Friday evening 352,000 registered.

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