Why Marine Le Pen chose Le Havre for her traditional May Day rally
Joan of Arc was burned alive in Rouen in 1412. But if the RN is…
Joan of Arc was burned alive in Rouen in 1412. But if the RN is heading to Normandy this Monday, May 1, it is absolutely not because the flame party wants to pay homage to the Maid. Finished this ritual, which had withered since 2015 in a simple wreath laying in front of a statue, place at the “Nation Day” in Le Havre, an event designed by Jordan Bardella as one of the markers of his presidency. “This is the first time since 1981 that the FN will not pay tribute to Joan of Arc, notes political scientist Jean-Yves Camus. It does not mean anything to voters and it makes the party old-fashioned. »
In the middle of a militant banquet where nearly 1,500 people are expected – the scenography is intended to be more “modern” -, Sébastien Chenu, Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella will take the floor successively. Objective: to reconnect with popular festivities, such as the blue-white-red (BBR) celebrations of the time of Jean-Marie Le Pen. Videos and orchestra of covers should therefore enhance this day.
But politics is obviously not absent. Le Havre was chosen for its popular sociology, which the RN prides itself on knowing how to address, but also in the blink of an eye for its mayor Édouard Philippe, “the man of the retirement at age 67 “, as the Lepenist oils call it. In an interview this Sunday with the daily Paris Normandie, Jordan Bardella thus displayed his “ambition” to see the RN delight his chair from the former Prime Minister during the next municipal elections in 2026. “But of course …”, said replied Édouard Philippe on his Twitter account.
“Violence is beneficial (to the RN), even if we do not want it”
“We want to affirm that the RN is the first social shield of the French”, explained the president of the RN in March. “Marine Le Pen will make a substantive speech, Bardella a mobilization speech”, slips a party executive, according to whom the boss will speak of the “social climate”. To the “disorder” embodied by Emmanuel Macron in the midst of a “c***erolade” crisis, Marine Le Pen would be a pole of “stability”. “Macron is the deconstruction of the social model, of diplomacy, of the prefecture…”, we list.
A rhetoric that is reminiscent of that of Marine Le Pen at the opening of her – famous – 2017 debate when she already ***erted that Emmanuel Macron was “the candidate of social brutality, of the war of all against all (…)”.
“The government is no longer in control at the moment. Normally, it is power that embodies the demand for order. But the mess is Macron who created it. So he can no longer embody order, ”said a close friend of Marine Le Pen, according to whom “violence is beneficial” to the RN. “Even if we don’t want them,” adds the same.
That’s good because anti-RN counter-demonstrations are expected this Monday in Le Havre where the climate could be electric. Even without Joan of Arc, the fire is smoldering.