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"The 'republican front' works among left-wing deputies, less among voters"


FIGAROVOX/INTERVIEW - The National Assembly rejected, on February 6, a request for a referendum from the RN to challenge the pension reform, and the Nupes deputies refused to take part in the vote. For the essayist David Desgouilles, there is still a moral prohibition on the left vis-à-vis the RN.

David Desgouilles is a columnist at Marianne.

He has published


(ed. du Rocher, 2017) and

Their Lost Wars

, (ed. du Rocher, 2019).

FIGAROVOX.- On February 6, the deputies of Nupes deserted the National Assembly for the vote of the referendum motion of the RN, aimed at challenging the pension reform project.

Contrary to what is sometimes said, does the "republican front" persist on the left?



We must believe that the ban is still very heavy, since this referendum motion could put the government in great difficulty and that the Nupes preferred to give it up.

We must also believe that on the side of Renaissance, we still play a lot on this prohibition, since the President of the National Assembly tried the trick of the draw, unusual, to precisely test the Nupes, knowing the RN would not hesitate , meanwhile, to vote on a referendum motion signed by another group.

La Nupes explains that Renaissance wanted to set a trap for her and that she did not want to fall into it.

Vis-à-vis the media, it is possible.

The fact that their representatives experience

"gazelle modesty"

, to use Jean-Luc Mélenchon's expression, could well discourage them from moving in the first round if a dissolution occurs.

David Desgouilles

If it persists on the side of elected officials, is this still the case among voters?

Precisely, many signs show us that voters are probably less and less in this state of mind.

Because the voters are very favorable to a referendum, in particular those of Nupes.

How will they react when they find that their deputies preferred to give it up?

Some of them preferred to vote RN than Renaissance in the second round of the legislative elections to avoid an absolute majority which would guarantee the vote for the pension reform today.

It didn't necessarily make them feel good, but they did.

The fact that their representatives experience

"gazelle modesty"

, to use the expression of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, could well discourage them from moving in the first round if a dissolution occurs.

Last October, the National Rally had pulled off a political coup by deciding to vote in favor of a motion of censure tabled by the Nupes.

How to explain that the RN, despite its efforts, is struggling to set up an "anti-macronist front"?

The moral prohibition that we mentioned above.

The political, media and even cultural elites (we have been able to measure this with the controversy surrounding the participation of the Indochine group in the Déferlantes festival) are reluctant to consider the RN any other way than the FN of yesteryear.

But does all this not ultimately benefit the RN?

Because in the end, it is the latter that appears to be the party that wanted to question the French.


- Pensions: the National Rally's referendum request rejected by the National Assembly

Source: lefigaro

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