After Macron’s victory, the LRM activists vacillate between joy and fear for tomorrow

The same decor as 2017. The same cry “Macron, President!” “. Also the same relief. But not quite the same euphoria. In Hall 6 of the Parc des expositions de la porte de Versailles in Paris, Emmanuel Macron’s activists saw on Sunday, On April 10, as their candidate’s results were displayed on the giant screen broadcasting France 2’s election night live, French and European flags exploded with joy as they watched the head of state lead the first round of the presidential elections. According to the latest estimates by the Ipsos-Storia Steria Institute, the Elysée tenant won 28 percent of the votes, beating his far-right competitor Marine Le Pen (23.2 percent), who is facing him in the second round of voting.It’s a first victory, but it tastes bitter.

The Elysée tenant achieved a much better result than five years earlier, when he received 24.01% of the vote, versus 21.3% for Marine Le Pen. But his National Rally (RN) opponent is also making progress. And the gap between them is narrower than polls suggested just a month ago, after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the war in Ukraine. By early March, Emmanuel Macron had then climbed to 30.5% of voting intentions, according to the survey conducted by Ipsos-Sopra Steria in collaboration with the Center for Political Research at Sciences Po and the Jean Jaurès Foundation The world, versus 14.5% for the representative of the extreme right.

” As he [Emmanuel Macron] was 30%, I figured I’d vote for Roussel [candidat communiste] in the first round jokes Matthieu, activist La République en Marche (LRM). The young activist, who was nine years old in 2002 when Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marine’s father, crossed the first round of voting for the first time, saw his candidate’s potential dwindle week by week in the polls, while Marine’s Le Pen made progress presidential election, changed his mind. Today to worry. “I hope we have a tougher season than round one, with more travel and more ground. Now everything is possible, the “good times” of 2002 no longer exist”, he clarifies. At the time, a republican front had prevented the extreme right from contemplating taking power.

“Macron should have debated”

The campaign was tough, pulling in all directions. Macron should have debated”, thinks David Mylle, volunteer for the campaign. The computer engineer from Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis) remains sure “In the second round it will be Emmanuel Macron”. But the certainties of the beginnings are no longer there. “Even if Emmanuel Macron wins in the second round, it won’t be a big win”also underlines Maxime, 20, a student at Sciences Po and an activist for LRM. “Morally, seeing the extreme right so close to you hurts,” is rich thanks to his friend Lucas Kerouedan. A few hours earlier, the law student was still an activist for candidate Valérie Pécresse’s Les Républicains (LR) party. But knowing his candidate was in trouble – Valérie Pécresse got 4.7% of the vote – the young man joined the Porte de Versailles to fight now against the extreme right.

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