Remember, it was the dead of winter, at the time of an election campaign that was struggling to warm up. After Marseille senator Stéphane Ravier, several members and elected members of the Rallye National announced that they would join Éric Zemmour, who had just declared his candidacy. Disappearances in a row, while the Reconquest! candidate, who received a handful of points behind Marine Le Pen, had the wind of the polls at his back. On the evening of April 10, the reality of the elections looked very different. Why regret this choice?
“No regrets,” says Sophie Grech, who was elected to the metropolis and region under the RN banner. It was she who set fire to the powder of the “national camp” in Marseille by announcing that she would sponsor Eric Zemmour. A form of support that had not existed at all and had led to his expulsion from the party. After that incident, it was the now ex-strongman of the RN in Marseille, Stéphane Ravier, who slammed the door and joined the former polemicist. “I followed my faith. Marine Le Pen said we were going to the squares, but no. It was we who took the risk,” continues Sophie Grech, who hopes to become the Reconquest contestant! in the general elections for the 1st district of Marseille. Stéphane Ravier also has “absolutely no regrets about his choice of conviction” and projects: “Marine Le Pen doesn’t think she needs anyone, but to govern you have to know how to bring people together, especially in general elections.” However, the senator will vote “without hesitation against Macron and for Marine Le Pen” on April 24.
“14,000 votes lost” by the RN candidate in Marseille compared to 2017
The same goes for Antoine Baudino, Stéphane Ravier’s parliamentary attaché: “There are no regrets. And in this case, when we add the voices of Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour, we have not achieved subtraction but addition. “And when his candidate Marine Le Pen called for a vote and thereby shook her hand, it is clear that Marine Le Pen did not take it. “But in Marseille, Marine Le Pen lost 14,000 votes compared to 2017,” said Antoine Baudino. “Maybe that’s why she should be worried. “Almost a third of our voters played the useful voting game and voted for Marine Le Pen,” estimates Stéphane Ravier, who invites the RN candidate “with less contempt”.
Still, we’re good players on the side of the National Rally that has qualified for the second round of the presidential election. “Some senior executives have that choice and from what I understand he assumes so. But we thought from the start that it wasn’t good. This is a personal adventure that has not affected us or Eric Zemmour. I have no animosity towards these people and I take a very neutral view of them,” commented Laurent Jacobelli, spokesman for the presidential candidate still in the running.
“Marine Le Pen only thinks of chopping off heads”
For Antoine Baudino, if “the political time is that of the presidential elections” and “a president to be beaten”, the ball is in Marine Le Pen’s hands. “Eric Zemmour said very clearly that it is up to Marine Le Pen to make a mark. Sophie Grech expects the same. “There might be discussions but communication is broken. Marine Le Pen’s attitude confuses me. We have always regretted having the dumbest right in the world that has always refused to ally with us, and Marine Le Pen reproduces the same. Eric Zemmour has stretched out his hand if Marine Le Pen doesn’t take it…’ Stéphane Ravier goes further and deplores the ‘closed’ attitude of a ‘victory rush Marine Le Pen’ who ‘thinks only of chopping off heads. This attitude of contempt and rejection can be perceived as revenge far removed from the national interest. There they all see each other as ministers, see you on the evening of April 24th. »
But the prospect of parliamentary elections does not herald any warming between the two camps. “We will present 577 candidates,” Laurent Jacobelli cuts. So much for the current positions, and even if the political waters are quick to flow under the bridges, the RN seems determined to let their defectors have only the crumbs, and again and again. So the members of Reconquest! Looking to the future and future election dates.