The French right’s European election campaign focuses on immigration

The leader of the French far-right, Marine Le Pen, has set the tone for her party’s European Parliament election campaign by promising to wrest control back from what she called a “intrusive and authoritarian” Brussels bureaucracy. Le Pen appeared on stage alongside rising star and Rassemblement National (RN) party president Jordan Bardella during a rally in Marseille that drew some 8,000 activists. The RN party is the front-runner in the polls ahead of the June election. The Financial Times daily reported on this development. Le Pen stated, “I call on the French people to transform their indignation into action,” in reference to environmental laws and limitations placed on traditional combustion engine automobiles by the European Union.

 

“Nations must take back the power that the EU has confiscated from them,” she stated. According to recent surveys, National Rally, or RN, is expected to be the most popular party in France once more, just as it was in 2019. It may even win a notably higher proportion of the vote, maybe reaching as high as 30 percent. That would put them well ahead of the centrist alliance of French President Emmanuel Macron, which is predicted to receive 18% of the vote, according to a BVA study from February. According to Agence France-Presse, Bardella struck a balance in his address between condemning Brussels and promising to lead the EU toward the party’s objectives.

 

“It is quite clear that these European elections on June 9 represent a referendum against being inundated with migrants,” Bardella stated to the audience. Supporters cheered when he announced that RN has recruited Fabrice Leggeri, the former head of the EU border agency Frontex. Bardella stated, “He (Leggeri) joined the National Rally because he refused to let himself be pushed around” by Brussels. Bardella also showed respect for farmers, who have been causing traffic jams lately to put pressure on Paris to solve their issues with pay and environmental regulations. “The French farmers’ battle isn’t just a fight for a profession in particular … but for the entirety of a France that wants to preserve its identity, countryside, gastronomy, traditions,” Bardella stated.

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