Jean Lassalle threatens to withdraw his candidacy, Corsica invites itself to the debate… The political news of the day

The world maintains the synopsis of the 2022 presidential election campaign: a daily update, published at 7 p.m., looks back on the political events of the past day and discusses upcoming nominations.

  • News of the day: Violence in Corsica invites himself into presidential campaign, Gérald Darmanin goes there on Wednesday

The Corsican issue has so far been little mentioned and has erupted for several days in the presidential campaign, after the very violent attack in prison against Yvan Colonna and the clashes during the demonstrations that followed. On Sunday, March 13, a demonstration organized by nationalist movements in support of the independence activist convicted of the murder of the Prefect Erignac in 1998 culminated in a riot, in which sixty-seven people were injured, including forty-four from the security forces. The Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, will be there on Wednesday and Thursday.

While Mr. Colonna is still in a coma, nationalist leaders expect this meeting to be a… “real political solution”in the words of the president of the executive council of Corsica, Gilles Simeoni, to Agence France-Presse on Monday.

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This trip by Mr. Darmanin also caused the presidential candidates and their entourage to react. La France deputy Eric Coquerel warned of the government’s false promises about the… “unprecedented round of conversations” promised by Gérald Darmanin. ‘Four weeks before a first round it can only be hard promises, otherwise it is demagoguery’warned the deputy “rebellious”

The candidate of the Les Républicains party, Valérie Pécresse, regretted that the government had “played the clock on the return of Corsican prisoners”† For her part, Marine Le Pen, who is in favor of bringing prisoners together in Corsica, believes that the tragedy that happened in the prison of Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) and its consequences are the responsibility of the executive power, and condemns the conditions of detention “absolutely unbelievable, nonchalance, laxity” by Yvan Colonna and “the responsibility of the Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti” at the violence. The National Rally candidate plans to travel to the island in late March. More broadly, Eric Zemmour (Reconquête!) believes that Corsican nationalism “the symptom of a France that no longer lives up to expectations”accusing again, “mass immigration” be the cause of problems.

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In the presence of local elected officials, the candidate of the New Anti-Capitalist Party, Philippe Poutou, judged, “legitimate” Which “it explodes in Corsica”to denounce “a denial of democracy” and advocate for “the right of peoples to self-determination”† He said for “the recognition of a status, a language, a culture and the right for these population groups to practice their culture on a daily basis and to organize themselves as they please”

  • Image of the day: Avoided by the media, Jean Lassalle threatens to withdraw his candidacy
Jean Lassalle in front of local elected officials, in Montrouge on March 15, 2022.

Jean Lassalle is angry and he makes it known. The candidate of Resist! regularly regrets that he is not invited to the media. For example, he was absent from the program that was broadcast on TF1 on Monday evening, where only eight of the twelve suitors were invited. In the presence of local elected officials, the deputy from Pyrénées-Atlantiques even threatened to withdraw his candidacy on Tuesday morning.

“I don’t know if I will be a candidate tonight. Because this election no longer makes sense. She doesn’t look like anything anymoreThere are two more unfortunate debates to which I will not be invited, any more than last night.” did he throw when asking a question, before coming back to it a few minutes later: “Yeah, I’m seriously considering it now.There comes a time when you can’t pretend anymore. †

  • The proposals of the day: The candidates call for more decentralization in front of local elected officials

How are the relations between the State and the local authorities? Should we move towards more decentralization? What roles for local elected officials? Most of the candidates for the presidential election were auditioned on Tuesday by members of the Association of Mayors of France, by those of the French Regions and the Assembly of Departments, and were in turn able to set out their program on the subject. In the absence of Emmanuel Macron and Eric Zemmour, all candidates mainly called for more power to be given to local elected officials.

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The communist candidate, Fabien Roussel, was the first to pay tribute to the municipalities, “Kingpin of the Republic”† That’s what he promises “demetropolis” France for the benefit of small towns and wishes “the return of regions on a human scale”† For its part, the LR candidate, Valérie Pécresse, remembered her program of “decentralization” in particular to enable local authorities “adjust national regulations” under contracts signed with the prefectures. A little earlier, Marine Le Pen also boasted of her attachment “localist model”† In particular, the RN candidate mentioned the possibility of rapprochement between regions and departments in a territorial council.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon has set out the skills he will want for each level if elected: the municipality will be “the drop of ecological planning” † the department should be “the organizer of on-site public services to ensure that none of the essential public services are more than thirty minutes away from any person” † finally the regions will have “Based on an ecological and geographic reality based on watersheds”

  • Quote of the day: Emmanuel Macron recognizes a campaign “a little special”

“What would people have said if I had done things wrong?

Accused “change” the presidential elections and “dodging” During the debates, Emmanuel Macron spoke on Tuesday of his refusal to face the other candidates. During a visit to a center for Ukrainian refugees in the department of Maine-et-Loire, the outgoing president believes he ” Hold tight [son] mandate until the end”

“What would people have said if I had done things wrong? he wondered. Campaigns with a president who chooses to represent himself are always a little special, that’s normal. You should try to be very calm, do it with dedication and be clear. †

This outing comes after the interview Figaro from Senate LR President Gérard Larcher, who warned on Tuesday that “If there is no campaign, the question of the winner’s legitimacy arises.” “The President of the Republic wants to be re-elected without ever having been a real candidate, without campaign, without debate, without confrontation of ideas. All the candidates are debating except him. It’s a paradox! †said Mr Larcher, who believes the outgoing president “probably doesn’t want to confront her balance with reality”† For the President of the Senate, “Our broken country, in debt and with multiple problems, needs this debate”

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  • In the archives of the “World”: in 1988, socialist activists and frontists exchanged punches at a meeting of Jean-Marie Le Pen
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“The Nazi Pen! † “Le Pen President! † It is market day on this Saturday in the middle of March 1988, for the inhabitants of the rue Belgrand, in the 20and district of Paris. It is also campaign day for National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen, who is approaching his second presidential election. But his move to this seemingly peaceful market in the capital won’t go as planned.

He is in fact welcomed by some thirty socialist and MRAP (Movement against Racism and Friendship between Peoples) activists who “Sing slogans hostile to Mr Jean-Marie Le Pen’s electoral tour: ‘Fascism will not pass away!’ †reports the journalist of the World Pierre Servet in a soberly titled article “Belgrand Street Market Day”† But the far-right candidate is not alone and his activists will respond, with words, but also with a few blows. “On the wings the orions [sic] start to rain »says Pierre Servet.

After being sprayed with a tear gas canister, Mr. Le Pen sneaks into his car and drives to another market in the south of the capital, in the 14and district. The reception here is also ice cold. “I don’t want to touch him”an indignant woman pushes her way. “I don’t have AIDS, you can’t say the same about everyone”, replies Mr. Le Pen. In the presence of journalists, whoever gets 14% of the vote a few weeks later in the first round denounces a “deliberate ambush of the Socialist Party”, made with « the agreement of “Tonton” [surnom de François Mitterrand]† The opportunity also to discuss his succession to the head of the Front National. “I think there will be a lot of people on the day of my funeral. I sometimes think about it. At the National Front, they would mourn me for forty-eight hours. † The FN co-founder will eventually leave the party chairmanship in 2011, replaced by his daughter Marine, before being banned in 2015.

  • Program for Wednesday March 16

Resistance. Prime Minister Jean Castex will present the government’s aid plan on Wednesday afternoon to deal with the economic and social consequences of the war in Ukraine.

Traveling around France. At the beginning of the afternoon, the candidate of the Les Républicains party, Valérie Pécresse, will go to Meaux (Seine-et-Marne) with the mayor of the city, Jean-François Copé. Before holding a public meeting, she engages in discussions with elected officials and residents about the theme of urban policy. For its part, Lutte Ouvrière’s candidate, Nathalie Arthaud, will be in Marseille for a meeting. Finally, Marine Le Pen will be a guest on Wednesday evening in Cyril Hanouna’s show, “Facing Baba”, at C8. In particular, she will speak with the Secretary of State in charge of citizenship, Marlène Schiappa.