On France 2, the two policies chained the overtaking by the right. Opposed in a debate on France 2, Marine Le Pen, candidate announced for the 2022 presidential election, and Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, exposed their convergences on various subjects, while blaming each other for a certain laxity. Relatives of Emmanuel Macron, elected in 2017 to prevent the far right from taking power, must have made a funny face when the presenter said: “Do you two agree on everything?”. Or when Le Pen launched “I could have signed this book” speaking of the minister’s work.
Faced with Marine Le Pen under pressure after the fiasco of the debate against Macron during the 2017 presidential race, Gérald Darmanin was not unanimous. Not even within his own party, La République en Marche. “Frankly, if we wanted to ignore the announcements on equal opportunities, we could not do it better”, lamented a macronist to the HuffPost.
A debate which also put Gabriel Attal in a delicate position this morning on Europe 1. The government spokesman struggled to justify the tone used by the Minister of the Interior and contented himself with attacking a Marine Le Pen “fuzzy” and “dangerous for our country” when he had to answer questions.
Does this debate serve the theses of the Rassemblement National? Ahead of the televised evening, a minister called for caution with the media Politico : “We must avoid anticipating his tête-à-tête with Macron. You have to tackle her [ndlr: Marine Le Pen], but without overdoing it. ” Nearby Huffpost still, a heavyweight of the majority felt that the level of the debate was low, both that of the debaters and that of the journalists-hosts.
On Twitter, the ex-macronist Guillaume Chiche condemned him simply accepting this debate: “We do not debate with the National Rally, we fight it! With the only line of sight of the presidential elections of 2022, LREM is irresponsible for having accepted this debate which only essentializes and legitimizes the theses of the extreme right. “