For Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon “betrayed” his voters after the first ballot.

POLITICS – Marine Le Pen did not appreciate Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s speech on the night of the first round at all, and with good reason: the LFI candidate hammered out his opposition to Marine Le Pen to avoid any ambiguity. “It is a betrayal of his constituents,” the RN candidate replies Tuesday, April 12.

France Inter’s morning guest Marine Le Pen said she was surprised by this solid position. “I was very surprised by Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s behavior,” she said. “After five years of demonstrating anti-social policies, Emmanuel Macron [Jean-Luc Mélenchon] was closer to Emmanuel Macron on Sunday evening than five years ago. It’s a mystery to me,” she adds.

After his defeat in 2017, Jean-Luc Mélenchon called for neither electing Emmanuel Macron nor blocking Marine Le Pen. “I have not received a mandate from the 450,000 people who decided to submit my candidacy to speak on their behalf afterwards,” he said. This lack of voice instructions had earned him much criticism. Hence his insistence last Sunday, where he reiterated: “No vote should go to Marine Le Pen.”

The interested party did not like that. She accuses Jean-Luc Mélenchon of forgetting “the interests of his voters” in favor of himself and “his elected officials” in connection with the general elections. “He envisions himself as the leader of the left, so he bases himself on the only thing that could bring them together, which is anti-Lepenism,” attacks Marine Le Pen.

“I think it’s a betrayal of his constituents. They are awaiting protection, and by proposing that Emmanuel Macron must be re-elected, Jean-Luc Mélenchon deprives them of the opportunity to be protected,” she adds.

The importance of the LFI electorate to Le Pen

It must be said that the Insousmis leader’s election directive embarrasses the RN candidate. To beat Emmanuel Macron in the second round, she needs the 21.95% of the electorate who voted for the Bouches-du-Rhône MP. On his own, he weighs more than Éric Zemmour (4th), Valérie Pécresse (5th) and Yannick Jadot (6th) combined.

To this day, the rebellious electorate is divided between abstention, a Macron vote or a Le Pen vote. “I’m not denying that there might be people who are considering voting for Marine Le Pen” in the second ballot, Manuel Bompard, former campaign manager for Mélenchon, explained Tuesday in the Public Senate.

Marine Le Pen is well aware of this porosity and that is why – just like Emmanuel Macron – she launched her seduction operation: “I’m probably the most respectful of democracy and the most attentive to individual freedoms,” she assured Insoumise voters at France Inter. She deliberately mentioned the Citizens’ Initiative Referendum (RIC), a proposal also found in the Common Future programme, and the proportional representation defended by Mélenchon during his five-year term in office.

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