After the debate on France 2, the polls give the Rassemblement National of Marine Le Pen winner of the European Elections, ahead of the LREM.
Last televised debate and last meetings: to three days of the European elections Sunday 26th May, 2019, the candidates redoubled their efforts to tip the balance before a poll for which the Rassemblement National (RN) is now in the lead in all the polls .
The government also deploys on all grounds, summoned by Emmanuel Macron to defend the list LREM, now systematically in second position in voting intentions.
Starting with its chief, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who will be Thursday morning on CNews before attending a new public meeting in the evening Loiret.
In Paris, a niche was reserved in the afternoon at HQ en Marche to allow ministers to carry out an awareness campaign by telephone.
Emmanuel Macron, who never ceased to dramatise the stakes of these European elections, on Wednesday called for “general mobilisation” for a vote traditionally marked by a strong abstention.
What level of abstention?
Although the participation rate announced is slightly higher in recent polls, less than one French in two should go to the polls Sunday.
It is difficult to predict the impact of a strong abstention on the result. LREM has made it a priority this week to try to mobilise the voters of Emmanuel Macron during the 2017 presidential election (24.01% in the first round), in order to cap on the post the RN of Marine Le Pen, whose base is traditionally determined.
Most recent polls give the RN the lead with a 0.5 to 2 point lead over LREM.
According to an Ifop-Fiducial survey released on Thursday, the RN (24.5%) is ahead of LREM (23%) and the Republicans list (14%). Far behind, insubordinate France points to 8.5%, Europe Ecology-The Greens to 6.5% and the list PS / Place public is credited with 6% (+0.5).
Eleven candidates debating BFMTV
Before the last meetings scheduled for Friday night, a final televised debate will gather Thursday from 8.45pm on BFMTV eleven heads of list that will debate around three themes, the daily life of Europeans, sovereignty and the place of Europe in the world.
The representatives of the six lists at the top of the polls – Jordan Bardella (RN), Nathalie Loiseau (LREM), François-Xavier Bellamy (LR), Manon Aubry (LFI), Yannick Jadot (EELV), Raphael Glucksmann (PS / PP) – will be joined by five candidates who still hope to cross the threshold of 5% Sunday, minimum threshold to be able to send elected representatives to the European Parliament: Ian Brossat (PCF), Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (DLF), Benoît Hamon (Generations), Jean-Christophe Lagarde (UDI) and Florian Philippot (The Patriots).
Until then, the debates have had a hard time getting the French excited, like a campaign that is often messy.
Laurent Wauquiez at the front
Wednesday night on France 2 , the exchanges were marked by a jousting between François Bayrou, the leader of MoDem who represented the list of the majority, and Laurent Wauquiez. The first lamented that “the European Union (on the verge of disappearance”), the second accusing Emmanuel Macron of having “accompanied this dislocation”.
The leader of the Republicans then wove with Ms. Le Pen: the unfortunate finalist of the 2017 presidential election, Laurent Wauquiez asked if she was “in this temperament (the debate, deemed missed) of the second round of the presidential election.” “You look pretty aggressive tonight,” he told him.
“You know what, Mr. Wauquiez? I hope that one day you will have the opportunity to debate in the second round of the presidential “, replied Marine Le Pen.
Shortly after, it was Manon Aubry and Raphael Glucksmann who opposed the opportunity to get out of the treaties to implement a VAT at 0% on basic necessities, a measure they are both supportive of.