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France: Macron-Le Pen televised duel four days before the battle of the polls | French Presidential 2022


This duel is the reissue of that of 2017, and some of the voters on the left, in particular those who voted for the candidate of the radical left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who came third in the first round, are suspicious or tempted to abstain.

The debate does not usually upset the dynamics of voting intentions. But this time, he could remobilize certain electorates and move more votes than observed since the beginning of the Fifth Republic in 1958, believes Brice Teinturier, deputy director general of the Ipsos polling institute.

Four days before the second round, the polls invariably give the advantage to the outgoing president, with 54 to 56.5% of the voting intentions against 43.5 to 46% for his far-right rival. A much tighter gap than in 2017 when Mr. Macron won with 66% of the vote.

Five years ago, Ms. Le Pen had sunk live in front of the 16.5 million viewers of the debate, appearing aggressive and ill-prepared in the face of a young candidate then unknown, calm and in control of his files.

But the far-right leader has patiently recovered, worked on her files, softened her image, and prepared herself intensely for the debate. The outgoing president no longer has the advantage of freshness, and must defend the results of a criticized five-year term.

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In addition, a possible high abstention could scramble the game on Sunday.

Discrepancies on almost everything

The two camps gave Wednesday morning a taste of the future battle at the top.

During the debate, Emmanuel Macron will insist on the inconsistencies of Marine Le Pen, who has nevertheless said everything and her opposite on everything in five years, and particularly on geopolitical, strategic subjects assured the Minister Delegate for Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, citing Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with the French channel BFMTV, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also invited the far-right candidate, accused of being close to Russia, to admit that she got it wrong on behalf of Vladimir Putin, who started the war in Ukraine on February 24.

Imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny called on Wednesday to vote for Emmanuel Macron. He said to himself shocked the loan of 9 million euros contracted in 2014 by the former National Front party (now National Rally, RN) from a Russian bank, seeing a sale of political influence to Putin .

In addition to international issues, the two candidates differ on almost everything: from pensions to ecology, public freedoms and institutions, purchasing power, the European Union…

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Attempting to broaden their electoral base, they have also amended some of their key proposals: banning the wearing of the veil in public space is no longer a priority for Marine Le Pen, retirement would be increased to 64 instead of of the 65 initially proposed for Emmanuel Macron, who also promised, in a gesture to green voters, a prime minister directly responsible for Ecological Planning .

the weakness by Mr. Macron and perhaps also his strong point is to never doubt himself said the president of the RN party, Jordan Bardella, on the France 2 channel.

While the real strong point of Marine Le Pen, who placed the defense of purchasing power at the heart of her campaign, is to talk about the daily lives of people according to him.

There is no stress, but a little apprehension because we know that many French people will decide on this debate he added.

It is the theme of purchasing power that will open this debate lasting 2 hours 30 minutes. Marine Le Pen will speak first and last, indicated the private channels TF1 and public France 2.

Each of the topics covered – security, youth, international, competitiveness, environment, social model, governance – will have a given time of speech.

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