The legislative elections are only a month away, but the campaign for this election has started a long time ago. And if the re-election of Emmanuel Macron gives him an advantage for the next legislative elections, Jean-Luc Mélenchon disputes with Marine Le Pen the role of first opponent. He wants to be Prime Minister and criticizes an RN vote which is absolutely useless. It asserts itself as the legitimate opponent with its 13 million votes in the second round of the presidential election and denounces an extreme left which wants “to transform the National Assembly into a ZAD”. The two accuse each other of serving the president as a fictitious opposition that allows the presidential majority to win. They are each the main adversary of the other and stage this confrontation.
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For Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the campaign for the legislative elections begins on the evening of the first round of the presidential election, when he once again eats the chocolate medal for third place, with 421,308 votes. A new defeat that he cashes by projecting himself very quickly towards a “third round”: “I ask the French to elect me Prime Minister”, he said in an interview on April 19 on BFMTV, before the second round of the presidential election. Because the election of Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen does not change anything in the project of the leader of LFI: to become the first opponent to the next tenant of the Elysée, hoping to impose cohabitation on him.
Mélenchon’s “fable”, Le Pen’s absenteeism
This staging makes Marine Le Pen smile, who once again lost the presidential election but collected nearly 3 million additional votes compared to 2017. During the launch of her campaign for the legislative elections in Hénin-Beaumont (Pas- de-Calais) where she is a candidate for her own succession, she returns to the presidential election by targeting Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “The fable of Jean-Luc Mélenchon opposing Emmanuel Macron, we will perhaps stop now… It lasted two weeks, it made everyone laugh”she says. “He plays the fools of the king, he overplays the insolence with regard to the president” but “the reality is that Jean-Luc Mélenchon had Emmanuel Macron elected”asking her voters not to vote for her, she denounces. “It absolutely discredits him to be able to put himself in the position of the opponent. »
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A tackle for a return to business during which she intends to take the place of the main opponent. She thus mocks the will of the head of LFI to gather the left around him. “To be able to win a legislative election, he would have to agree to run, already. That would be a good start.”, she quips. Yes, but here it is, it is not necessary to be a deputy to be Prime Minister and Jean-Luc Mélenchon has succeeded in bringing together the main left-wing parties in the New Popular, Ecological and Social Union (Nupes). A political coup that puts the “rebellious” leader in the spotlight with polls that give him many more seats than the RN.
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An advantage which Jean-Luc Mélenchon took advantage of to scratch Marine Le Pen during the Nupes investiture convention which took place on Saturday May 7. “There is a vote that is absolutely useless: it is the National Front », he says. The reason ? “When you elect deputies, they don’t come, they don’t do the job. We are reforming retirement, not a word from Madame Le Pen. So she says: “It’s because I don’t have a group.” Liar! Everyone can intervene, any member can intervene when he wants to table an amendment and defend it. » A diatribe that he concludes by addressing the leader of the RN directly: “You’re of no use except helping the other.” » The other is Emmanuel Macron for whom Marine Le Pen would play the role of fictitious opposition. He returns the criticism. During this same speech, Jean-Luc Mélenchon adds a layer by responding to statements by Jordan Bardella on the fact that Marine Le Pen does not want to be Prime Minister. “Very well, she stays at home, they are not presenting a candidate, there is no point in voting for them, since they will not do anything and he announces it in advance”, he exclaims.
Number one opponent, Mélenchon advantage
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After fifteen days of rest during which Marine Le Pen watched “what was going on in political life”, the far-right candidate made her media comeback on Tuesday May 10 on TF1’s 20 Hours set and then on RTL’s morning show on Wednesday May 12. The opportunity to take out the elements of language to bring down his opponent. His desire to be Prime Minister? “It’s a scam that was sold by Jean-Luc Mélenchon. » Nupes? “A political scam. » For her, “the logic of the institutions wants the President of the Republic to have a majority” and the only thing that can happen if Jean-Luc Mélenchon gets many seats is that he “can transform the National Assembly into a ZAD with the defenders of the Black blocks, from the burkini to the swimming pool, those who want to disarm the police, who want to open the prisons”. A new angle of attack on the left sold to the far left and its ideas, since taken up by the lieutenants of the RN.
“Jean-Luc Mélenchon succeeded in making the legislative elections a political event”
This place of first opponent for which Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon are fighting, more than a pride, is a real legitimacy with voters repelled by Emmanuel Macron. After the useful vote which filled up in the first round of the presidential election, the two opponents know that the best placed in the opinion of the French could leave with a clear advantage in the legislative elections. “The real question is what opposition to Emmanuel Macron? », summarizes Marine Le Pen on RTL. For her, no doubts, the RN is “the only credible, constructive opposition”. “I am the candidate of the truth and I tell the truth to the French”, she proclaimed several times on TF1. Would Jean-Luc Mélenchon then be a liar? For Marine Le Pen perhaps, but not for Emmanuel Macron who has made the leader his favorite target. In a speech aimed at mobilizing his troops on Tuesday, the head of state stepped up attacks against the leader of Nupes. The proof that he has become the number one opponent.