the tone rises between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen

During an evening meeting in Strasbourg, Macron, who was shouted at by people with “Mélenchon” or “Give back the ISF”, attacked his far-right opponent in Europe and denounced his desire to “exit the European Union” without saying it to say . This election is also a referendum on Europe,” he said, defending his European vision, including on a social level and in the fight against inequality or tax evasion.

“The Europe that is ours is not an alliance of nations wanting to go to war, it is a project of respect,” while “the dreams of empire are coming back,” he added, citing Russia. Earlier in Mulhouse, he had denounced “Madame Le Pen’s Carabistouilles” on Europa.

“Revolution”

Asked about TF1’s 8pm news, the RN candidate replied that she had no intention of leaving Europe: “That’s completely wrong”. She said she wants to reduce France’s net financial contribution to the EU from €9 billion to €4 billion and regain control of borders and immigration, which will be done through a referendum.

Marine Le Pen discussed institutional issues at length on Monday and spoke of a “necessary revival of democracy”.

During a press conference in Vernon, in the Eure, she proposed a “referendum revolution” because “only the people should have the opportunity to revise the constitution” without the prior consent of Parliament. The RN candidate, who scored highly among young people and the working class, is a particular defender of the citizens’ initiative referendums, at the heart of protesters’ demands during the ‘yellow vest’ social crisis of 2018 and 2019.

She wants to revise the constitution to include the principle of “national priority” and the primacy of national law over international law. And advocates a non-renewable term of office of seven years.

From Mulhouse, where he had been walking all day, the head of state replied that “it is not true that we can revise the constitution directly”. On the other hand, on the seven-year term, “a good rhythm for the presidential elections” and “a good breath compared to the rhythm of the parliamentary elections”, he defended “the renewable character” of this mandate, since “it depends on the people”.

The two rivals also had a heated exchange over pension reform.

The retirement in question

Emmanuel Macron, who was under attack all day Monday for his 65-year-old retirement project, finally sent a strong signal to the electorate by saying he was ready to “move” on this totem of his program by saying half opened the straps with a starting age of 64 . But for his rival RN, who defends staying in retirement at 62, the outgoing president will “go to the end of his obsession” if he retires at 65 if re-elected, and sees his project changing simple “maneuver”. ‘ towards left-wing voters.

“I don’t trust Emmanuel Macron, but none, and even less ten days before the round of 16,” she said at France Inter. Macron reiterated that he would maintain the principle of lowering the entry age by four months per year from 2023. But we would have to “open the game” with a “review clause” in 2027.

Criticized before the first half of the season for a spotty campaign with little travel and a single meeting, he wanted to convey a radically different picture of the between-two rounds: “I make the bottom,” he surmised. “Campaigns aren’t just about getting in front of supporters. I’m going into areas that didn’t vote for me,” he said. The cities of Mulhouse and Strasbourg gave more than a third of their votes to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a key voter for the second round.

Sarkozy supports Macron

Speaking to France Inter on Tuesday morning, Marine Le Pen denounced the Insoumis leader’s “betrayal” of his constituents and called for the extreme right not to be given a voice, while she said Emmanuel Macron had carried out “a fiercely anti-social policy”. “Many of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s voters might be interested in this protection that I offer them,” she argued on TF1, praising her social protection program.

Finally, on Tuesday, the presidential candidate received two branded endorsements: that of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy – who had never given his endorsement to candidate LR Valérie Pécresse in the first round – and that of former Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, who was supported by a certain… Jean- Marie Le Pen was expelled from the first round of the 2002 presidential election. The centrists of the UDI have also signaled their support for Macron for the second round.

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