Elisabeth Borne attacked, in an interview with Radio J broadcast Sunday, the National Rally (RN), "heir of Pétain" and bearer of a "dangerous ideology", the Prime Minister refuting any "normalization" of Marine Le Pen's party. "I don't believe at all in the normalization of the National Rally. I think you shouldn't trivialize your ideas, your ideas are always the same. So now the National Rally is putting the forms on it, but I still think it's a dangerous ideology," she said.
The RN, heir to Petain? "Yes, also, heir of Pétain, absolutely," replied the Prime Minister. What about Marine Le Pen? "I have never heard Marine Le Pen denounce what may have been the historical positions of her party and I think that a change of name does not change the ideas, the roots," said the prime minister.
Asked about the possibility of a victory for Jean-Marie Le Pen's daughter in the 2027 presidential election, the head of government replied: "I fear that everything is possible. (...) By dint of trivialization, it is a real threat."
'Obvious proximity' between RN and Putin
Borne also considered that there was "an obvious proximity" between the RN and Vladimir Putin. "If (Marine Le Pen) wants to rewrite history, we don't have to fall into this trap. This proximity exists and does not disappear."
Asked if Putin's party in France was on the far right or the far left, in the RN or La France insoumise, the Prime Minister replied that "there are indeed minority voices at both extremes, which are very ambiguous, which probably do not dare to publicly display their positions but who also do not take the condemnation that can be expected in the face of aggression by Russia. on Ukraine'.
Is it targeting Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon? "Absolutely ... there is the same ambiguity vis-à-vis Vladimir Putin, and the same connivance that continues to exist vis-à-vis him." Elisabeth Borne, however, puts "no equal sign" between RN and LFI. "I say that the most dangerous, that the ideology that is fundamentally dangerous, is that of the extreme right. But I see that the behavior of LFI which ultimately wants to destabilize our country, which attacks our institutions, also plays into the hands of the extreme right."
If there are "many factors that explain the rise of violence" in French society, the leader of the Insoumise "has his share of responsibility, when we see Jean-Luc Mélenchon screaming in front of police officers 'the Republic is me', when we hear him actually wanting to break, to bring down the 'bad Republic', to make outrageous remarks permanently," says Borne. for whom the LFI deputies "do not play the game of democratic debate in the National Assembly".