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Emmanuel Macron heads left

Jacques Serais

Place in the last week before the first round of the presidential election. After traveling to Dijon last Monday, to Fouras last Thursday, Emmanuel Macron held his one and only meeting on Saturday in Nanterre. At the dawn of approaching this last straight line, one observation: the candidate president is heading left.

A few days before the first round of the presidential election, the candidates move from town to town to win over new voters. Emmanuel Macron has traveled to Dijon, to Fouras in recent days and then held a meeting in Paris this weekend. Expressions, words reveal Emmanuel Macron’s intention: “Our lives are worth more than all the profits”, he asserts about the living conditions in certain nursing homes. A slogan of anti-capitalist inspiration, already inscribed on the posters of candidate Philippe Poutou.

One objective: to denounce social inequalities

Emmanuel Macron, casually, also appeals to the spirit of François Mitterrand from 1981: “There is nothing more powerful than the quiet strength of fraternity.” So much for the form. The same is true for the background. He is now working to denounce social inequalities, to specifically insist on certain measures taken under his five-year term: the establishment of medically assisted procreation for all women or the extension of paternity leave.

This while last Thursday he confided that he was in favor, on a personal basis, of the decriminalization of euthanasia in certain cases so that France evolves towards the Belgian model. Calls from the foot to the left, winks to undecided voters, those lost between Anne Hidalgo and Yannick Jadot. For Emmanuel Macron, the reservoir of votes is here.

The macron-compatible right has already joined it. Today, he must win back the disoriented hearts of part of his 2017 electorate.

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