Macron in Marseille, protests in Paris, poll results…


PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION | 2nd round. The 2022 presidential elections entered their home straight this weekend, notably with the big meeting of Emmanuel Macron in Marseille. Poll results and the latest live campaign news…

17:51 – Thousands of French mobilized in Paris against Emmanuel Macron

Not only the demonstration against the extreme right filled this Saturday in the capital. The one organized by Florian Philippot also mobilized, as the leader of the Patriots reported.

5:31 p.m. – In the middle of a demonstration, Mediapart pulls out all the stops

In Paris, the demonstration against right-wing extremists is in full swing. Among the signs, one in particular stands out, that of Mediapart, which offers a QR code on the back that anyone can scan and that leads to their free file on Marine Le Pen.

17:07 – Emmanuel Macron turns green

It was a meeting that promised to go more green than green. Emmanuel Macron did not disappoint this Saturday in terms of announcements in favor of ecology. Aside from the key announcement of appointing a prime minister “directly responsible for ecological planning,” the presidential candidate said he wants to “make a massive effort to clean the air in our schools, our hospitals, our retirement homes, and all our public buildings.” . Also with regard to food, efforts will be made to “improve purchasing power” so that the French can benefit from “quality food”. What about the economy? It “will be organic or it will not be!” Emmanuel Macron assured, for which “our challenge is to make a greener economy” and not “no less economy for the ecology.” Closing around fifty large landfills, planting 140 million trees for France by 2030 or even training “400,000 more people in the professions of ecological transition, energy, industry, recycling and repair r”, Emmanuel Macron listed several major projects, always for a greener France.

16:47 – In addition to his Prime Minister, Emmanuel Marcon wants two more ministers focused on ecology

In detail, Emmanuel Macron has announced that he is considering an energy planning minister who will support his prime minister, who is therefore himself responsible for ecological planning. This second minister will be responsible for making France the first major nation to come out on top in various fossil fuels, gas, oil and coal. Finally, a third minister in charge of territorial ecological planning will “develop the means of transport by train, bicycle and electric car with an electric car project for less than 100 euros per month. We will set up more public transport,” said Emmanuel Macron.

4:11 p.m. – A prime minister “directly responsible for ecological planning,” promises Emmanuel Macron

In the middle of a meeting in Marseille, an Emmanuel Macron appears, more ecological than ever. The presidential candidate is currently announcing many pro-ecological measures that he will take if re-elected. Among them, he assures him, his next prime minister will be “directly responsible for ecological planning.”

15:06 – Beginning of the demonstrations in Paris

As Emmanuel Macron prepares for his speech in Marseille, several demonstrations began in Paris in the early afternoon. And the least we can say is that there is something for everyone. While some are mobilizing against the extreme right, Florian Philippot and his Patriots are demonstrating against Emmanuel Macron.

2:55 p.m. – What will Emmanuel Macron talk about in his speech in Marseille?

Emmanuel Macron will speak in a few ten minutes, live from Marseille. According to one of the authors of the text, the presidential candidate should essentially talk about ecology. When it comes to protecting the air or even the right to water, “resounding and stumbling announcements” are to be expected, assures the same author. Note that Emmanuel Macron’s speech will be short-lived. In question, the weather. The spectators must actually follow the meeting under the blazing sun.

2.35pm – Immediate start of meeting in Marseille for Emmanuel Macron

The presidential candidate is holding his meeting in the Pharo Garden this Saturday, April 16. The militants arrive immediately. Emmanuel Macron is scheduled to speak at around 3:30 p.m. We give you the key moments of it Meeting Emmanuel Macron in this direct. It will be possible to follow his intervention on YouTube:

2:17 p.m. – “Voting is no longer enough”: Extinction Rebellion blocks the Grands Boulevards in Paris

The international environmental social movement has decided to strike hard on the weekend between the two rounds of the 2022 presidential elections in France. Extinction Rebellion has been blocking the Grands Boulevards in Paris since Saturday morning. An occupation of Porte de Saint-Denis in Paris is actually organized. “Less than 5% of airtime during the presidential campaign was devoted to ecology. While the most reactionary and identity-forming speeches continually praise the political class and the media class,” he laments. And the collective appeals: “At a time when we are asked to choose between rancid fascism and murderous neoliberalism, we all propose an alternative together. […] Voting is not enough and will never be enough to block the extreme right.”

13:44 – No “discomfort” between Robert Ménard and Marine Le Pen

While the mayor of Béziers has apparently withdrawn from Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign, the latter reassured him this Saturday: “There is no uneasiness.” From Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre, the Rallye National candidate claimed on Friday “Robert [Ménard] on the phone who [lui] he said [la] easily supported, […] but that he wanted the campaign spokesmen to benefit from the time.”

13:34 – Marine Le Pen finally moderates her speech about the veil

“I’m not blunt.” In her move to Eure-et-Loir this Saturday, Marine Le Pen made a first concession on the veil, partly responding to her desire to ban the wearing of the veil. “I know what the problems with the veil are. There are older women who put it on because, for them, it represents a moment in their lives. […] It does not have the same importance as for young women who are forced,” underlined the candidate for the National Assembly, but reiterated: “But we must solve this problem of women who are forced to put on the veil because they are under pressure from the Islamists .”

1:19 p.m. – Marine Le Pen castigates the anti-right extremist demonstrations organized on Saturday afternoon

On the way to Eure-et-Loir, the candidate for the National Assembly did not hide her dissatisfaction while numerous demonstrations are being organized against the extreme right this Saturday afternoon, a week before the second round of the presidential elections: “Come to demonstrate against the results of an election I find it deeply undemocratic. I think the French find it uncomfortable to see that their election is controversial.”

12:56 – Marine Le Pen en route in Eure-et-Loir

Marine Le Pen out and about in Eure-et-Loir - Presidential Election 2022 ©Thibault Camus/AP/SIPA

The Rallye National candidate arrived in Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre in Eure-et-Loir late in the morning. A city where Marine Le Pen received 37.22% of the votes in the first round of the presidential election last Sunday.

12:34 – “If you don’t want to use the Macron ballot for yourself, use it for her,” Hamon prompts

“I know many of you are hesitant. Do not hesitate to vote for Emmanuel Macron, do not hesitate to vote at all and remember to abstain,” Benoît Hamon begins in a video broadcast on Twitter on Friday 15 April. “I will have no hesitation. No indulgence. No naivety, but no hesitation,” continues the former presidential candidate of 2017. The election will not leave millions of people in France indifferent: foreigners, French who, in the eyes of Marine Le Pen, have the head of foreigners, who in the eyes of the extreme right will never be French enough and for whom the outcome of this election can turn their life into a nightmare,” estimates Benoît Hamon, who suggests: “If you don’t want to use the Macron ballot for you, use it for you. “

12:17 – Muslim authorities call for vote for Macron

The Grand Mosque of Paris (GMP) and the Rassemblement des Musulmans de France (RMF) have called for the election of Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential elections in two separate press releases published yesterday. “Malicious forces are speaking out today demanding the expulsion of Muslims,” ​​wrote GMP (near Algeria) Rector Chems-Eddine Hafiz in a press release. “Let’s elect Emmanuel Macron,” he adds. “Let’s vote for the spirit of happy mean to triumph over extremes.”

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In the first ballot of the 2022 presidential election, the French brought Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to the top and thus qualified for the second ballot. The far-right candidate received just 420,000 more votes than Jean-Luc Mélenchon. The other candidates were clearly left behind, none having received more than 7% of the votes. Another essential fact of these results of the 1st round of presidential elections: the collapse of the LR vote with the very serious defeat of Valérie Pécresse, who did not reach the 5% hurdle.

The second round of the 2022 presidential election promises to be quite a draw. The polls, conducted this week ahead of the first round, have already drawn a balance of power in Emmanuel Macron’s favour, but with a very small margin of error. On Sunday, April 10th, several polls were conducted on the second round of the presidential elections. Elabe gives Marine Le Pen 48% versus 52% for Marine Le Pen; Ipsos Sopra Steria gives Marine Le Pen 46% versus 54% for Emmanuel Macron.

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