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Emmanuel Macron watches Yannick Jadot on his left


This is obviously not his main concern. Six months before the presidential election, Emmanuel Macron looks to the right, believing that the danger, for him, comes above all from this side of the political spectrum. The president of the National Rally (RN), Marine Le Pen, the far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour and the future candidate of the Republicans (LR) party are today considered by the head of state as his main competitors. Hence the conviction, shared by ministers from the former UMP, such as Gérald Darmanin (inside) or Sébastien Lecornu (overseas), that Mr. Macron must campaign on the right, highlighting themes like security or immigration.

A line of conduct that arouses reservations within the government and the majority, where some macronists call not to abandon subjects dear to the left electorate, such as that of environmental protection, while keeping an eye attentive to the ecologist Yannick Jadot, perceived as “A serious candidate” and “Credible”, not to be underestimated. “Even if it is for the moment low in the polls, it should not be neglected because we are still far from the election and the dynamics can change”, warns the deputy for Isère, Jean-Charles Colas-Roy, ecological transition referent at La République en Marche (LRM).

Among the left-wing candidates, the MEP is leading in the voting intentions in the first round of the presidential election, ahead of the leader of La France insoumise (LFI), Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and the socialist, Anne Hidalgo, in being credited with 9% to 10% of the votes, according to the Cevipof survey for The world, published October 22. If he still remains far from the favorites, relatives of the head of state say however “Beware”, considering that he is the only candidate on the left likely to benefit from” a dynamic “ allowing him to hope for a qualification in the second round. It did not escape the Elysee Palace that in the event of Anne Hidalgo’s withdrawal, to her benefit, Mr. Jadot could reach, in high hypotheses, the score of 15%.

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However, the entry ticket for the second round could be lower than expected, with the weakening of Marine Le Pen. And “The protection of the planet” constitutes a promising theme, observe the macronists. Relegated as a non-priority issue during the crisis linked to Covid-19, ecology is making a strong comeback, establishing itself as the second subject of concern for the French, behind purchasing power, in the Cevipof investigation.

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