For the first time, the National Rally’s traditional tribute at the foot of Joan of Arc’s statue, Place Saint-Augustin, in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, is not chaired by a member of the Le Pen family.
Marine Le Pen, the party’s unfortunate presidential candidate, decided to skip this meeting, just a week after losing to Emmanuel Macron.
“Yes she is not here. It did not escape you, she is coming out of a trying presidential campaign. She is now preparing for the battle of the legislative elections,” justified Jordan Bardella, the acting president of the RN, this Sunday, May 1, when arriving on the scene.
In the absence of Marine Le Pen, he is in charge of laying a wreath at the foot of the statue at the end of the morning, as seen below and addressing the few activists present.
The chance to pay tribute to a “heroine” who was able to “get back on horseback” after the “defeat,” he launched, emphasizing a “beautiful symbol, and to remobilize troops before the June elections.
According to the RN’s young leader, there is nothing noteworthy about this absence. Nonetheless, Marine Le Pen broke her media silence this Sunday with a brief video posted on social media in which she makes no reference to the “Maid of Orléans.”
📹 Mon projet vise à mettre la valeur travail au centre de nos grands choix de société. La France que nous aimons permettra à tous de vivre de son travail ou de sa retraite, d’entreprendre sans être accablé de normes ou de taxes injustes.
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) May 1, 2022
As you can see below, the far-right leader, who has been trying to gain traction since the presidential election, devotes her remarks to the legislative elections in this sequence. In Pas-de-Calais, she will be a re-election candidate.
During this election, she says, “You will have the choice between deputies subject to Emmanuel Macron who will blindly pass all his decisions, without counter-power, and deputies who support my project and my values for France”.
Marine Le Pen returns to her campaign themes in 2 minutes 30 seconds, specifically “the defence of work and purchasing power,” in which she opposes Emmanuel Macron, who is accused of supporting “privileges.”
“With the maximum number of deputies supporting me in Parliament, I will be able to protect your purchasing power and bring measures that finally recognize work at its fair value,” she says, far from the Jeanne d’Arche and Saint-Augustin Square.