Presidential: after an offensive debate, Macron and Le Pen return to the field

Published on: 04/21/2022 – 10:04 The day after a tough debate, the two French presidential finalists, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, went back to the field on Thursday to mobilize their troops, in order to convince the undecided two days before the end of the electoral campaign. Verdict Sunday evening. Continue to convince in the very last straight line. Hardly had the debate between the two rounds ended, a tough verbal jousting, the two presidential finalists Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will mobilize their troops, Thursday, April 21, and try to convince the undecided for the penultimate campaign day. Without waiting for the fallout from their nearly three-hour televised duel, the two rivals opted to travel to popular areas – Seine-Saint-Denis and Hauts-de-France – to better address the concern number one of the French, purchasing power, particularly affected by the repercussions of the war in Ukraine on the prices of energy and food. A theme on which they clashed during the debate on Wednesday, the president -candidate defending the current “shield” and its “food voucher” project, the second advocating a reduction in VAT. 03:34 “Insalubrious housing” In the home stretch, the president-candidate widens the gap in the polls, being given the winner in a range of 54 to 56.5% of voting intentions against 43.5 to 46 % for Marine Le Pen. A smaller gap than in 2017, however, the candidate “neither right nor left” then won the presidential battle with 66.1% of the vote. Did the debate move the lines? First elements of response with the opinion polls on Thursday and Friday before the verdict on Sunday evening.Emmanuel Macron will go to Saint-Denis at the beginning of the afternoon for a trip devoted to the problem of “unsanitary housing and renovation urban” in the poorest department of the metropolis. Seine-Saint-Denis, which recorded the highest abstention rate in metropolitan France on April 10, placed the candidate of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon , well ahead (49.09%) ahead of Emmanuel Macron (20.27%). The voters of leader LFI, who came in third place with nearly 22% nationally, are particularly courted by the two finalists. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who called not to give “a voice to Mrs. Le Pen”, hoping for a “third round” in the legislative elections which would propel him “Prime Minister”. 01:16 Purchasing power The far-right candidate is expected in Hauts-de-France, where she came first in the first round in the five departments, well ahead of Emmanuel Macron. With a stop in mid – day in Roye (Somme), a town of nearly 6,000 inhabitants, it will hold its last campaign meeting in the early evening in Arras, the prefecture of Pas-de-Calais. A department which largely voted for it in the first round, even if it was the outgoing president who won first place in the capital. In the second poorest region of metropolitan France, it will notably decline its proposals on the purchasing power, which she has made the priority axis of her campaign. Marine Le Pen, followed by immigration (53%), delinquency (32%) and pensions (30%). “Divided” First position also for purchasing power among voters who would vote Emmanuel Macron but a notch below (49%), almost on par with the war in Ukraine (44%). Then follow the environment (36%) and the health system (32%). “The fact remains that there is not one Melenchonist electorate but two”, according to this vast survey, “those who vote for Macron are more feminine , younger, less popular, more qualified, more urban and clearly more on the left than those who vote for Le Pen” Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s voters will therefore play a “crucial role in the final balance of power but they are themselves plural … and deeply divided, not to say torn.” Divided, the far right, which gathered a third of the votes in the first round, is also divided. Éric Zemmour’s call for a “grand coalition of the rights and all patriots” to “build a majority” in the June legislative elections was deemed premature and “too vague” by the National Rally. AFP