“Candidates showed themselves to be unprepared, even incompetent, which had a deterrent effect”: the reasons that halted the RN’s momentum

“Candidates showed themselves to be unprepared, even incompetent, which had a deterrent effect”: the reasons that halted the RN’s momentum
“Candidates showed themselves to be unprepared, even incompetent, which had a deterrent effect”: the reasons that halted the RN’s momentum

And during the last days of the campaign, the RN, through certain candidates, was criticized for its proximity to neo-fascist movements, for racist, conspiratorial or homophobic remarks. Which suggested a loss of inhibition about racist and hateful speech during the campaign.

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According to Bardella, there are only “four or five black sheep” among his party’s candidates. But in reality, there are many more. According to a Mediapart investigation, there are even more than 100. Among them, we find Ludivine Daoudi, RN candidate who posed all smiles with a German Luftwaffe cap adorned with a swastika the day after the first round of the legislative elections.

Compelling sequences

Candidate in the 7th constituency of Seine-et-Marne, we can also mention Agnès Lafitte, who defines herself in particular as a “Templar-leaning Catholic”, and who has attracted attention on social networks by chaining together the defense of the racist theory of the great replacement and racist innuendos.

On another note, Laurent Gnaedig, still in the running for the second round, unexpectedly supported Jean-Marie Le Pen. The candidate assured that he saw no hint of anti-Semitism in the sentence in which Jean-Marie Le Pen described the gas chambers as a “detail of the history of the Second World War.”

Some candidates of the National Rally also appeared on television sets and some made room for sequences that were, to say the least, intriguing.

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This was particularly the case for the RN candidate in the first constituency of Corrèze, Maïtey Pouget, who let her lack of information be seen on key campaign issues, such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). “France pays its contributions, and there is an enormous sum, millions or billions, I don’t remember, that is not returned to France,” she declared. She then added: “It was Mr. Bardella who asked that we absolutely had to recover this money.”

Neo-fascist slogan, racist or conspiratorial remarks: the RN’s “black sheep” are much more numerous than Jordan Bardella estimates

We have seen RN candidates who have shown themselves to be unprepared, even incompetent, particularly in the last days of the campaign.explains Benjamin Biard, political scientist at Crisp. They recalled that the party had maintained a certain tradition in the expression of certain hateful or inappropriate remarks. There are also those who have been noticed in a negative way by their racist, homophobic position, etc. I think that all this could have stopped their dynamic, we cannot affirm it because there is no official data but I am convinced of it. It is an additional element that has weakened the RN”.

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