Behind the controversial candidates of the National Rally in the legislative elections, the failures of Jordan Bardella’s “Matignon plan”

Behind the controversial candidates of the National Rally in the legislative elections, the failures of Jordan Bardella’s “Matignon plan”
Behind the controversial candidates of the National Rally in the legislative elections, the failures of Jordan Bardella’s “Matignon plan”

When Emmanuel Macron announced the dissolution of the National Assembly on Sunday June 9, the National Rally (RN) had no choice but to ” push the button “ to trigger its “Matignon plan”. At least that’s what the leaders of the far-right party claimed. For two years, the RN has been ensuring that it is preparing for a return to the polls, investing heavily in its future candidates and refining their professions of faith. For two years, this strategy has been mobilizing time and minds.

The shutdown in January of Campus Héméra, the movement’s management school? “We must focus on training activists for dissolution”justified the president of the RN, Jordan Bardella. The maintenance, in May, of Saidali Boina Hamissi in the post of departmental delegate in Mayotte, despite racist and conspiratorial remarks? “We will see later the reorganization of the party, the time has come for the investitures for the future legislative elections”swept the same.

The dissolution was announced and the “Matignon plan” was launched, with, in its wake, the investiture of dozens of racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic candidates, former members of violent nationalist organizations or those convicted by the courts. Simple “black sheep”for Jordan Bardella, who maintains against the evidence that “in 99.9% of cases there is absolutely no difficulty”The MEP refuses to admit that, although he was sometimes the only one to bet on a dissolution, his supposed prescience never allowed his party to “to be ready”as he had promised in November 2022 after his accession to the presidency of the former National Front (FN).

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A few days before the second round of the legislative elections on July 7, the general staff is now hoping that a good number of its radical representatives singled out by the press will not join the Palais-Bourbon. “The success of our “Matigon plan” will be measured by the quality of the group that emerges from the ballot boxes”repeat to Monde Philippe Olivier, Marine Le Pen’s main advisor, on the front line of the operation.

All at his will “to create a new popular elite, like the Communist Party at the time, people who were not predestined for politics”the MEP calls for tolerance for “these things that are part of life, made of faults and roughness”. A member of the National Investiture Commission (CNI), which he says is responsible for validating five candidacies each week for early legislative elections that were then only hypothetical, Philippe Olivier maintains that the RN has just “let a few individuals slip through the net”. But those who have since been excluded retain his benevolence.

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