Holy Alliance for Ukraine and its President? International news is once again inviting itself into the presidential campaign with a video speech before the Verkhovna Rada by Ukrainian head of state Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday, amid disagreements among candidates over French policy towards Russia.
After the Italian parliament on Tuesday, it was the turn of the National Assembly and the French Senate to meet, as an exception and at the same time at 15:00, despite the end of the parliamentary session, to listen to a live message from Volodymyr Zelensky, who continues to speak in national parliaments as his country faces Russian invasion.
No less than three candidates for deputies of the Champs Elysees, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, also deputies, will sit in the Bourbon Palace for 15 minutes, which is supposed to last a video message from the Ukrainian president. Intentionally limited time for security reasons.
Ironically, these three candidates, to whom we must add far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour, are regularly ridiculed for their supposedly pro-Russian positions. However, the “instrumentalization” of Volodymyr Zelensky’s message is out of the question, assures a source in the LREM parliament. “A global problem transcends domestic politics.”
“The French political class is aware of this. Ukraine is our subject because we are attacking Europe,” explains Frédéric Petit, modem’s spokesman for the French in Eastern Europe.
At the Palace of Bourbons, as well as at the Luxembourg Palace, no debates will be organized after the message of Mr. Zelensky. After Matignon there will be a parliamentary liaison committee.
But less than 18 days before the first round, the presidential campaign must not be overlooked. Marine Le Pen, who initially said she was missing this meeting, finally changed her mind. “It shows that some are shy about corners,” ironically a source in the LREM parliament.
“Hearing Mr. Zelensky will certainly bring an important media dimension and we will see what he has to say, but finally we have heard him in Europe (European Parliament, ed.), (…) the essence of the problem remains” , said Perpignan Mayor Louis Alio, Marine Le Pen’s support is now firmly second in voting intentions to President Emmanuel Macron.
The fourth deputy, also a presidential candidate, the communist Fabien Roussel, was released due to a bereavement in his family. “Don’t see it as a political choice,” he insisted.
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In the Senate, all group presidents must be present in a semi-circle, with the exception of the leader of the senators from the PS Patrick Kanner, on the move, which he “regrets.”
With Mr. Zelensky intervening, the war in Ukraine should continue to stifle news of the presidential campaign, as well as the planned defense and security council at the Elysee Palace.
This will not stop Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour from talking about numbers and measurements, with a presentation for one about the cost of their project and a presentation of their program for the second.
Mr. Zemmour, who is falling in the polls where he hovers around 10%, has tried to create a “remigration” ministry, a concept of identity thinking, to jump-start his campaign ahead of his big meeting at the Trocadero, Sunday in Paris.
Away from the show of force planned by Mr. Zemmour or Jean-Luc Mélenchon at Place de la Bastille last Sunday, with tens of thousands of activists at stake, most will try Wednesday for a rare major rally in Nice, where 3,000 people gathered. people are expected in the palace of Nicaea.
Without Emmanuel Macron, several heavyweights will line up at the meeting, illustrating the “bust” between right and left under the leadership of Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, an ex-LR who has become a strong supporter of the presidential candidate.
Ex-Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, boss of the LREM deputies Christophe Castaner, ex-Mayor of Toulon Hubert Falco, Minister of Health Olivier Veran and his cultural colleague Roselyne Bachelot are expected.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Estrosi organizes a meeting between local elected officials and some of the headliners. A stone in the garden of Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes-Maritimes and right hand of LR Valerie Pecresse.