Legislative: Édouard Philippe pounding Jean-Luc Mélenchon


“YesI’ve done some weird things in my campaigns, but no one has ever done that to me! Édouard Philippe stops in the large sports hall. The former prime minister, standing on stage, very relaxed, has just taken off his jacket for a well-rehearsed 30-minute one-man show. But with her dose of improvisation: Seagull, invisible on the roof, had just interrupted her chewing with her piercing screams. “It is the only bird from the La France insoumise in the constituency. They managed to get him into the room. These boys are strong, they are very strong! Laughter of four hundred spectators.

Mayor Le Havre is actively devoting his time and person to the domestic section of the campaign, collecting miles to support a maximum of 58 candidates submitted by his Horizons party in the parliamentary elections. Tuesday, June 7, was in the morning in Isère, in the afternoon in Garda, and therefore the same evening in the community center of Saint-Georges-d’Orques, a town of 5,400 near Montpellier (Hérault), to support its mayor Jean- François Audrin, candidate in 8e constituency. Like him, the ex-Les Républicains and a former supporter of Alain Juppe.

“French Weaknesses”

Other LREM deputies from the ministry, candidates for re-election, are present. The President of the Horizon knows how to release his audience. He is also able to “settle the mood” by naming the main challenges he believes France will face in the next five years: the consequences of the conflict in Ukraine, the artificial intelligence revolution, demographic and migratory pressures, the ecological transition. … All this with the “French weaknesses” that he diagnoses in the field of healthcare or education. And public debt, which calls for not to dig deeper.

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To meet these challenges, the former prime minister is calling for a “stable and solid majority in the National Assembly” in favor of Emmanuel Macron. With one goal in mind: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whom he never names other than “the one who lost the election in which he ran and wants to win the election in which he did not run.”

“Revolutionaries who want to break the system”

A new majority after the parliamentary elections? “The President of the Republic was elected for a five-year term. Last point. Where is it written that after the free election of the President of the Republic, it would be necessary to send another majority so that nothing would happen? “The leader of Insoumis is limited in all things, whether it is a change of attitude towards Vladimir Poutine, his admiration for Hugo Chávez or his desire to nationalize the banks. And, of course, his recent statements about the police: “You consider the most important thing to be done today to better ensure security in France is to say to the police of the anti-crime brigades, who intervene in sometimes difficult situations: So boys, go there first, but not armed! »

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The alternative offered to voters is clear to him: to choose “measured people with humility to know that not everything is going well, but with a little experience” – to follow his gaze. Or rebels who “are truly revolutionaries and want to break the system in which we live.” Loud applause. For a long time, the star of the day divides the crowd of his fans, who congratulate him and demand a selfie. Then hit the road again. His election tour then passes through Arles and Cagnes-sur-Mer until a big meeting takes place in Nice in the evening.

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