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Emmanuel who? The far-right is fighting the hard-left for the French vote

by Elaine Gainely

PARIS ( Associated Press) – The stakes are high, the fight is bad and the party of centrist President Emmanuel Macron has to be defeated. But to a visitor to outer space, June’s parliamentary election in France may seem like a contest between the far right and the hard-left.

A month before the first round of voting, the campaign for 577 seats in France’s lower house of parliament has been brutal. The pressure has been mounting since April’s presidential election when Macron won a second mandate, overtaking far-right leader Marine Le Pen to turn down his third bid for the job.

When Le Pen’s political nemesis, hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, aligned himself with a slew of left-wing parties in June, he found himself in a position to outdo both and, he hopes, in June.

So for now, Le Pen sees Mélénchon as her main rival, as she seeks to keep her National Rally party politically relevant while still doing well in parliament.

His party’s campaign slogan, “Macron’s only opposition,” attests to his rivalry with the radical leftist leader.

Mélenchon himself, strengthened by his alliances, has raised his vision further, declaring that he will steal Macron’s majority to become the next prime minister of France – an appointment made by the president alone.

Le Pen’s hopes are less grand: to create a “powerful” parliamentary group – at least 15 MPs – that would give his anti-immigration party more speaking time and other privileges so that it could be heard, and harass the powerful. To be.

Le Pen ridiculed Melenchon as a “clown of the court” who would never be prime minister. But with enough votes, she told RTL radio this week, Mélénchon could turn the National Assembly into a left-wing cause’s paradise, “along with the defenders of the (anarchist) Black Blocs, the defenders of the Burkini, who want to disarm the police, Those who want to open jails because jails are not good.

To the interim president of his party, Mélanchon represents a “threat to the republic”.

“I think the insurgency today is located on the side of Mélenchon,” Jordan Bardella said at a news conference, using the exact label the French press favors his far-right party.

Le Pen and Melenchon have long been political enemies. But the animosity for Le Pen deepened with the apparently leftist coalition Mélancheon concluded with the Socialists, the Communists and the Greens which strengthens his hand. Le Pen’s party refused an alliance with upstart far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemour, who stole some of his party’s known figures, but ended up with only 7% of the vote.

Paradoxically, while Le Pen finished second in the presidential race compared to Mélancheon’s third, and lifted the far-right for an unprecedented electoral performance, his party won Mélanchon’s June 12 and 19 June legislative elections. Its alliance with the support of which goes in a weaker position than.

France’s legislative voting system favors the president and all but prevents Le Pen’s party from reaching deep into the majority. Only eight National Rally MPs won seats in the last election. Le Pen is among 569 candidates whose party is in fray around France to renew his seat.

“It’s a very brutal campaign … Plus, it’s a campaign where you don’t see the real debate, where a lot of French people have the impression that their daily problems are not solved,” Shun -Drawer specialist Jean-Yves said Camus. It is also, he said, “a real campaign with Mr. Mélenchon, ‘I, the prime minister.'”

Macron’s party and its centrist allies have more than 300 seats in the outgoing parliament. Nevertheless, his Republic on the Move changed its name to Renaissance and became affiliated with other centrists.

“This will be the most difficult campaign,” the president warned his party’s candidates this week. “Our country is divided.”

Division, drama and difficult rhetoric are nothing new in French elections.

“France is a country where political tradition is extremely divisive,” Camus said. “You get the impression of two parts of the country, where it is difficult to talk.”

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