Jordan Bardella initiates the European campaign, while Marine Le Pen launches the campaign for “post-Macron” era.

Marine Le Pen et Jordan Bardella, le 16 septembre 2023 à Beaucaire.

“This is the one and only opportunity to hold the government accountable, send a message to Brussels, and designate the movement that will be responsible for preparing for the post-Macron era.” By positioning himself on Saturday as a barrier against the “forces of surrender,” Jordan Bardella launched his campaign for the European elections and Marine Le Pen’s campaign for the 2027 presidential election.

In Beaucaire (Gard), a town held by the National Rally (RN) since 2014, the president of the party, who celebrated his 28th birthday this week, aimed to make the European elections “the major midterm election” for Emmanuel Macron, whom he considers his “sole opponent”.

In his speech, the outgoing MEP mentioned the European Union, seen as “a host for migrants”, while he advocates for “sending the boats back to the countries of origin”. The one who claims to lead a party with 50,000 members also reiterated his demand for the withdrawal from the European energy market, but it is more of a general policy speech that Jordan Bardella wanted to outline, as Marine Le Pen does not deny wanting to appoint him as Prime Minister if she reaches the Elysée.

En prônant « la puissance » contre « les forces du renoncement », qui vont selon lui de La France insoumise à la macronie, M. Bardella a notamment fait un long dégagement sur les récentes violences urbaines : « Le peuple français, lui, n’attaque pas ses policiers, ne brûle pas ses écoles », a-t-il affirmé, en prônant la suspension des allocations familiales « aux parents de mineurs multirécidivistes ».

Regarding purchasing power, he demands a reduction in employer charges as compensation for a salary increase, stating that “the social urgency of the end of the month, as well as the vital concern for the future of France, are not inevitable.” The concluding slogan is: “Restore greatness to France and bring happiness back to the French people.”

« Vivement 2027 »

In the Beaucaire arenas, the lead candidate was able to gauge their popularity among the thousands of supporters present. However, they did not have the honor of concluding the RN summer universities, a privilege reserved for Marine Le Pen, who is expected to deliver a speech with “elevated” and “presidential” qualities, as promised by her entourage in recent days.

Dans la besace de la triple candidate malheureuse à l’Elysée, une « proposition » sur laquelle elle entretenait mystère depuis une semaine : une « Déclaration des droits des Nations et des peuples » destinée à les protéger des « excès de pouvoir d’organismes supranationaux ou de structures commerciales » – comprendre en premier lieu l’Union européenne.

First step of a “grand tour” to convince of the usefulness of her text: on Sunday, in Pontida, in northern Italy, where she is invited to speak at the gathering of her “great friend” Matteo Salvini, leader of The League (far-right).

“I cannot reword.”

Face aux institutions bruxelloises, Marine Le Pen vante ainsi « les nations » pour « réellement préserver les peuples du monde, demain et pour le siècle qui vient, de l’impact toujours croissant du réchauffement climatique, et de ses conséquences déjà perceptibles sur les flux de population incontrôlés ».

More than the European election, the one who calls herself “a candidate in 2027 as long as she has not decided that she will not be” has thus wanted to outline what her presidency would be: “France and Europe are at a decisive historical turning point, and it is up to us to give our country the momentum it needs to approach this new era with the confidence, principles, and tools that will be essential in the coming decades.”

At the podium, in front of a huge banner that read “Looking forward to June 9th,” the date of the European election, some were thinking for her: “Looking forward to 2027.”

Le Monde avec AFP