Europeans: The Attal – Bardella debate, the last risky artifice of a deadlocked campaign for Macronie

Europeans: The Attal – Bardella debate, the last risky artifice of a deadlocked campaign for Macronie
Europeans: The Attal – Bardella debate, the last risky artifice of a deadlocked campaign for Macronie
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THOMAS SAMSON / AFP Attal – Bardella: the last risky artifice of a deadlocked campaign in Macronie (photo of Attal and Hayer taken on May 7, 2024)

THOMAS SAMSON / AFP

Attal – Bardella: the last risky artifice of a deadlocked campaign in Macronie (photo of Attal and Hayer taken on May 7, 2024)

POLITICS – The great damage. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal and the head president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, will meet this Thursday, May 23 on France 2 for a highly anticipated debate, in prime time, just over two weeks before the European elections. The turning point of the campaign?

For the far-right party, the big favorite in the election, it is difficult not to see this exercise as a new boost in that it places it ever more at the center of the game, as denounced by Raphaël Glucksmann (PS), the third racing man. On the macronie side, however, lemonade does not have the same sweet taste.

Roundly refused by Gabriel Attal in February, this confrontation finally accepted in May, seems to become the last ” joker » from the presidential camp to revive a sluggish campaign. But if U-turns are often effective in breaking an impasse, this Thursday’s debate nonetheless remains risky for a family in difficulty.

Shine the lights on the RN

In those around Renaissance candidate Valérie Hayer, we especially talk about a great opportunity. At the same time of “ talk to the French about what we have as an assessment and project for the Europeans », in the words of Nathalie Loiseau (Horizons), number 5 on the list and spokesperson for the campaign. And to uncover the hypocrisy or inconsistencies of a candidate who outrageously dominates the race if the polls are to be believed.

Upon his appointment, Gabriel Attal was widely presented as the anti-Jordan Bardella weapon. When we have an asset we use it », summarizes the MEP HuffPosthead of the presidential camp list in 2019. “ He already sees himself as the Prime Minister of a Marine Le Pen president. Twice, the French were not convinced by the debates of the RN candidate. We’ll see what they think of Jordan Bardella.” she adds, shimmering a remake presidential contests. A painful experience for the far-right party.

The fact remains that before betting on the potential debacle of the leader of the National Rally, the organization of this debate as such is not without political consequences. First of all, this exercise inevitably leads to once again shining the spotlight on the far-right party, making it the only adversary of Macronie. And, therefore, also install it as the first alternative.

We are trying to reestablish a match, while we are close in all the polls with Ms. Hayer’s list,” protested the leader of the socialists Raphaël Glucksmann again on Wednesday in the morning of France 2, estimating that “ people are suffocating in the face of the duel between the right and the far right, between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. » His camp even tried to have the show canceled.

Are we going to act as if the RN was not more than 30%? »

To this pitfall, which gives arguments to the opponents of the list supported by the Head of State, is added as a corollary the risk of increasingly nationalizing this European campaign. This, while Jordan Bardella has already announced his intention to request the resignation of Gabriel Attal and the dissolution of the National Assembly in the event of a (probable) victory on June 9.

In short, this confrontation organized with great fanfare on France 2 responds perfectly to the strategy of the National Rally, which is working hard to set up a duel with the presidential camp and to make this election into mid-term elections with a view to 2027. Even to settle comfortably in the chair of successor of a Macronist power at the end of its life. No matter: for great ills, there are great remedies. “ Today, unfortunately, the extreme right is the main adversary of the majority », sighs Nathalie Loiseau, for whom it is therefore “ complitly normal ” that “majority leader” Gabriel Attal, faces the president of the Lepéniste party.

Are we going to act as if the National Rally was not at more than 30%? “, insists the former candidate from the Macron camp, calling “ those who target the majority for this debate “, has ” better look at the reality of the French political landscape. ” It prevents. In addition to contributing to the normalization of the Lepéniste party, such an exercise with strong media coverage causes another perverse effect: the invisibility of the candidate Valérie Hayer. In a difficult campaign, marked by national issues, the MEP who is struggling to make up for her lack of notoriety, undoubtedly did not need to be brought back, in each interview, to the duels between Gabriel Attal and Jordan Bardella or between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. It is up to the Prime Minister to transform the asset into a winning move.

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