“The time for debate and confrontation is the second round,” Macron says.

8:40 am: “The polls have always been wrong for 25 years,” Zemmour claims.

On the CNews microphone, the Reconquista candidate insists that he does not believe in the polls, which give him about 10% of the vote, but “have always been wrong for 25 years” / “In 1995, the polls give a gap between Jacques Chirac and Édouard Balladur in 10 points, ends with a point and a half in favor of Jacques Chirac,” he rewinds.

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Not surprisingly, the Reconquista candidate is rounding the numbers in his favor in this example, since 27 years ago the two candidates on the right were actually more than two points apart, and that 10-point gap supposedly predicted by the polls narrowed to 7.5 points in the latest poll. TNS Sofres. dated April 21, 1995 (24% for Jacques Chirac, 16.5% for Edouard Balladur). First of all, Eric Zemmour is wrong about this statement, we explain it to you here.

8:28 am: Artaud denounces “a system that is run only by money”

With this campaign marked by Covid-19 and later by the war in Ukraine, “people are realizing that we are in a society that is no longer controllable,” said candidate Lutte Ouvrier. Natalie Artaud also denounces the “humiliation” of a society “full of wealth and opportunity” into the microphone of Europe 1, believing that this can “only provoke riots and outbursts of anger.” For her, this society is “a system that is not at all adapted to meet our needs and that is guided only by money.”

8:19 am: Dupont-Aignan ‘can’t do anything else’ for French people ‘who still believe in Macron’

On the set of CNews, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan withdraws from his program and is notified that one of his measures – “lowering payroll charges” to “achieve the 13th month” – is also up for discussion by the presidential candidate. “If the French still believe in Emmanuel Macron, there is nothing more I can do for you,” stings the Debout la France candidate.. “According to the man who cheated on you twice… You can be stupid once, you can be deceived legally, but many times in a row there comes a point where you can’t,” he argues. .

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8:12 am: Le Pen within margin of error to take the lead in the first round

According to the BVA poll for Orange and RTL, the National Rally candidate is only three points behind Emmanuel Macron, two days before the first round this Sunday. Thus, she is credited with 23% of the intention to vote against 26% of the presidential candidate, and now she is within the margin of error to come out on top. If Jean-Luc Mélenchon builds on his good momentum, he will remain at a distance from Marine Le Pen with intentions to vote 17.5.

8:09 am: 68% of French people would be concerned if Zemmour was elected

According to the BVA poll for Orange and RTL, the Reconquista candidate will cause the most anxiety among the French if he gets to the Elysee Palace. This figure is much higher than that of Sunday’s two first-round favorites, Marine Le Pen (48%) and Emmanuel Macron (42%). In addition, the candidate from the National Association is trusted by 33% of the French. This is more than that of a presidential candidate (30%).

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7:49 am: According to Macron, his project “seeks to be fair and efficient for the country.”

At the RTL microphone, the presidential candidate declares his disagreement with those who consider his program to be right (retirement at 65, PCA subject to activity, etc.). “I think the opposite, my project always overtakes, I strive to be fair and efficient for the country,” Emmanuel Macron assures, listing his balance sheet and his “social” proposals.

“Over the five-year period, we have created more than a million net jobs, I believe that reducing unemployment is a social measure and at the same time a measure of economic efficiency,” he continues. It is necessary to be social in order to improve the pensions, it was done for the agricultural pension. For the coming years, the pension of someone who has a full pension must be at least 1,100 euros. »

7:41 a.m.: “Time for debate and confrontation – second round,” Macron says.

Two days before the first round, the presidential candidate sums up his campaign and returns, in particular, to his refusal to debate with his opponents. “I like to rack my brains, there are just two things: the republican tradition is such that in the first round the outgoing president does not debate with all the candidates,” Emmanuel Macron insists at the RTL microphone.

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“Secondly, the very logic of what a presidential election is is that in the first round everyone presents their project,” he said. In the first round, people choose the project that is closest to them. The time for debate and confrontation between projects is the second round. »

7:03 am: Last day of campaigning for candidates.

This is the last day of the campaign: the official campaign for the first round of the presidential election ends this Friday at midnight. This week, all candidates have multiplied their actions, meetings or media appearances to try to mobilize their electorate in an election that remains uncertain.

On this last day, Marine Le Pen continues her journey to Perpignan after meeting the day before, Valerie Pécresse will be in Vaucluse, Yannick Jadot in Lyon and Anne Hidalgo will wander the market in Paris.

For his part, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan will launch a “fee operation” in Yvelines, during which he will present his program for motorists. On the side of the communist camp, it will be more festive with Fabien Roussel, who is organizing his “post-campaign aperitif” in Paris. Philippe Putou will meet in Grenoble and Nathalie Artaud in Rouen.

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7:01 am: morning guests

  • On RTL at 7:35 am: Emmanuel Macron, candidate supported by La République En Marche.
  • On France 2 at 7:38 am: Jean Lassalle, presidential candidate
  • On France 2 at 8:10 am: Fabien Roussel, communist candidate
    On Europe 1 from 8:13 am to 9:00 am: Nathalie Artaud, Lutte Ouvrière candidate
  • On Sud Radio at 8:15 am: Xavier Bertrand, adviser to Valerie Pecresse.
  • CNews at 8:15 am: Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, DLF candidate
    On CNews at 8:30 am: Eric Zemmour, Reconquista Candidate!
  • RFI 8:19 am: Manuel Bompard, campaign manager for Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
  • Information about France at 8:30 am: Marine Le Pen, National Rally candidate
  • On RMC/BFMTV at 8:30 am: Jean-Luc Mélenchon, French insoumise candidate

What to remember from Thursday

  • Twelve candidates threw the last of their strength into the struggle to convince voters before the first round. Six of them were in the meeting that evening when Anne Hidalgo was driving to Rouen.
  • Marine Le Pen, who urged voters to vote, said she would impose a “fine” for wearing a veil in a public place.
  • Jean Lassalle will again be a candidate in the legislative elections next June, if he loses the presidential election.
  • More than 70 members of the Génération.s movement, created by Benoît Amon in 2017, have declared their support for Jean-Luc Mélenchon. They were suspended.
  • More than 13,000 prisoners are registered to vote in the presidential elections in the prisons themselves, the first time this type of voting has taken place.

7:00 am: Welcome to the 2022 presidential campaign and political news livestream.

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