The RN returns to its May 1st party and swaps Joan of Arc for “social peace”
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Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is expecting around 1,400 of its activists on Monday in Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), a way to relaunch its traditional May Day celebration formerly dedicated to Joan of Arc, now renamed “Fête de la nation” and oriented towards “social peace”. “It is a social choice in the current context”, explained an executive of the RN, also arguing “the big scores” obtained during the legislative elections last year by the Frontist candidates in several constituencies of the department, lands hitherto not very promising for the flame party.
“Three possible ways out of the crisis”
“What we are playing is the people against Macron”, he continued, against a backdrop of latent protest against the pension reform, which the RN opposed without however participating in the processions. Marine Le Pen, who is due to end the day after a speech by the new party president Jordan Bardella, intends “to take stock of the project of deconstruction, dispossession and expropriation of Emmanuel Macron”, she explained. in an interview published Sunday in Le Parisien-Aujourd’hui en France.
Castigating the executive, the boss of the French far right again estimated that there were only “three possible solutions in a crisis: the dissolution of the Assembly, the referendum or the resignation of the president”. In Le Havre, a workers’ city and union stronghold, the RN banquet will be challenged by a “counter-demonstration” organized by several associations, as well as the Le Havre rapper Médine.
A nod to Edouard Philippe
It will be held at a good distance from the Lepenist raout, planned for the Carré des docks, where the mayor of the city, a certain Edouard Philippe, launched his Horizons party eighteen months ago. A warning, while several voting intention polls for the next presidential election designate Marine Le Pen and Edouard Philippe as qualified for the second round? “It’s a wink that amuses me,” admits the party’s number two, Sébastien Chenu.
In an interview with the regional daily Paris-Normandy published on Sunday, Jordan Bardella meanwhile expressed his ambition “to have an RN mayor in Le Havre in 2026”, launching: “We are in Le Havre at home”. “But of course…”, replied the former Prime Minister ironically on Twitter. The meeting of May 1st must above all launch the pre-campaign of the Europeans, which will be held in a year, for which Jordan Bardella – probable future head of the list – has entrusted the direction of the campaign to the deputy Alexandre Loubet. “We are waiting for the ballot with greed: it will be a referendum for or against Macron”, stamps a figure of the party, who predicts “a warning shot”.