Ten days before the presidential election, Francois Hollande leaves the reserve he had imposed and warns against a possible runoff between Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
He planned to be discreet until between the two rounds of the presidential campaign. But the head of state is out of the reserves earlier than expected. In an interview at Le Monde published on Wednesday, Francois Hollande is concerned about a probable second round between two extremes, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen.
“This campaign feels bad”, warns the President of the Republic. Francois Hollande has decided to multiply speaking out in the media to castigate the “Mélenchon mode” and the “danger” posed by the FN candidate.
In an interview published in Le Point on the 13th April, the head of state noted that “there is a danger facing the simplifications, facing the falsifications, which we watch the show tribune rather than content his text. ”
The formula is an arrow shot to the candidate of France Insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose meetings are full and which has an upward momentum in the polls.
Francois Hollande predicts that one who is currently in third position, with 19% of the vote according to the latest polls , can win the bet, like what happened in the two primary where outsiders Benoît Hamon and Francois Fillon, overthrew the favorites, Manuel Valls and Alain Juppé.
If the president will officially endorse any candidate, he told reporters of Le Monde that the defeat of the socialist candidate, Benoît Hamon, was “probable.” He considers however the gamble of Emmanuel Macron “for the less daring” and calls for “renewal” .
According to the evening newspaper, the head of state will take a position for a candidate after the first round on April 23th.