Marine Le Pen hands over to Jordan Bardella at the RN lead
Jordan Bardella was expected to chair the RN on Saturday, leaving Marine Le Pen intact to focus on the assembly and her Elysian ambitions. But the expulsion of an RN MP for remarks deemed racist disrupts the expected introduction.
The RN seemed trapped in its old demons as its MPs, including Marine Le Pen, were the only ones left seated on Friday when the hemicycle voted on the temporary expulsion of Gironde-elected Grégoire de Fournas after the wave outrage at his statements classified as racist.
The party’s strategy of belittling, which Jordan Bardella has promised to pursue, is faltering. Especially since the sanctioned MP has regularly shown his support for the candidate.
First of all, however, the weekend should offer the opportunity to orchestrate a smooth transition into a party with an eventful history. In fact, the result of the members’ vote, which will be announced on Saturday morning at the Mutualité in Paris, must put an end to a false tension: after three months of campaigning, nobody suspects that the interim president will fail against his rival, the mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot.
“The question is the extent of his victory,” concludes one executive, while the MEP is aiming to get at least 67.65% of the vote, the score Marine Le Pen will get against Bruno Gollnisch to succeed Jean-Marie Le Pen did eleven years ago.
It’s up to Marine Le Pen to free herself from sometimes thankless internal duties, while the RN’s epicenter is now in the National Assembly, where the Pas-de-Calais MP beams a group of 89 elected officials, consolidating her political and media base more than ever.
Freed from the RN’s leadership, particularly the thorny financial issue, it will be able to refine a fourth presidential bid in five years’ time that no one in the party dares question.
He will have to find his place for Jordan Bardella, while the party has often reserved a cruel fate for their number two – “the fate of the dolphin is sometimes to run aground”, Jean-Marie Le Pen summed up at the time.
He must have enjoyed a meteoric rise, which began in 2019 when he took the lead on the RN list for the Europeans, before winning the party’s interim presidency last year.
– “creature” –
The Seine-Saint-Denis-born player, who celebrated his 27th birthday in mid-September, was best known during the presidential campaign mainly for televised debates, where his ease and skill sometimes got more experienced opponents into trouble.
Mr Bardella, popular with the militant rank and file, praises his “unique relationship of inestimable trust” with Marine Le Pen, to whom he regularly swears allegiance and loyalty.
But he is portrayed by some leaders as “the creature” of the leader of the French right.
Beyond his own ambitions, it is his line, even his political friendships, that his critics highlight, the MEP is suspected of having acquaintances with “identity” and too much indulgence for those who left Eric Zemmour.
His eagerness to take part in one of Reconquete! after the murder of young Lola in Paris – he gave it up in the extreme – the anger became more acute: does he have the necessary sensitivity, what are his true beliefs?
Louis Aliot, the only RN councilor in a city of more than 100,000, quickly rushed into the breach and from a tribune berated “the excesses practiced by the Front National of another time”, the “identitarians” and above all its “followers “. the +great substitute+”. An expression only Jordan Bardella himself picked up in August 2021, when Marine Le Pen always met him with great circumspection.
Jordan Bardella accused JDD of “bitterness and malice.” “He got it wrong,” Louis Aliot replied.
The man who led the National Youth Front in the 1990s highlights his experience and responsibility as a locally elected official, as well as a form of political outspokenness – he recruited a former associate of the late socialist leader Georges Frêche.
Louis Aliot hopes to rely on a correct score to weigh up the next direction.
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