Marine Le Pen ends her tour in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, laboratory for the 2022 presidential election

The candidate for regional in the PACA region, Thierry Mariani, and Marine Le Pen, in Toulon, June 17. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Marine Le Pen, all smiles, distributes leaflets on the Brusc market, in Six-Fours-les-Plages (Var), in almost conquered territory. A record dealer put Sweet France, by Charles Trenet, in his honor; a passer-by assures him that he will be “At the rendezvous on Sunday” ; a retiree, behind a stall of genuine Marseille soap, believes “We have tried everything for fifty years, we must try the RN”. The president of the National Rally (RN) came to support, Thursday, June 17, Thierry Mariani, the head of the party’s list in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, which all the polls show as a winner. He came to welcome her at Toulon airport. “We are the quiet force”, dared Marine Le Pen, very Mitterrandian, grabbing him by the arm.

The candidate for the departmental at the other end of France, in Pas-de-Calais, this time, for her eleventh campaign trip, less dissertation on the presidential election than on the local issue. With an enemy to destroy, Renaud Muselier, outgoing president of the region and head of the Les Républicains (LR) list, whom she methodically criticized. “Who is afraid of the arrival of Thierry Mariani at the head of the region, apart from Mr. Muselier, who is afraid for his own place?, said Marine Le Pen. It was this fear that made him run to Matignon to obtain, from the first round, an agreement with La République en Marche. Renaud Muselier is “Mr. Plus ”, with 38 people on his list supporting Emmanuel Macron. “

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She pretended to wonder who will lead the region if the outgoing president is re-elected: LR or the candidates of La République en Marche, who are “The blocking minority” ? Renaud Muselier “Is the puppet in the hands of Mr. Macron, he is the weak link in this political alliance, it is an electoral scheming”, insisted Marine Le Pen. Especially since he is considering an agreement with the left in the second round: “Great good for him, but let me think of the LR voters who must be relatively traumatized by this situation. “

He was not, moreover, elected president of the region, recalled the candidate, “We understand why now”. Renaud Muselier effectively replaced the elected president, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, who gave him the place. “This is his first real campaign, said Marine Le Pen. He should be clear, but he tried to drown the fish, he lied, he wandered, he ended in a form of aggressiveness, violence, completely incompatible with a calm, mature democracy. I put it down to some sort of panic that grips him, but fear is a bad counselor. “

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