The end of the European Union?
This is why the elections in France are so important for Bruxells
On April 24, not only will the fate of France be decided, but also of the entire European Union. It is indeed the day when French citizens will be called to choose between the pro-European Macron and the sovereignist Le Pen, after the incredible and recent comeback of the latter, who is the leader of the now well-known party Rassemblement National.
While President Macron was engaged in the terrible issues raised by the war in Ukraine, the right-wing candidate for the Elysée travelled around France, from one public meeting to another, becoming increasingly known and familiar to the French people. While Zemmour, representing an extreme right-wing party, began to fall in the forecast due to provocation and controversy, Le Pen softened her figure, proposing solutions which have been taken root primarily in areas with the greatest economic and social difficulties. An example is the working-class areas of the North, where there is more disapproval of the current administration.
Le Pen presented thus herself as a right-wing figure “more reasonable, ready to rule”. This is how the leader of Rassemblement National rose in the polls, while Zemmour went in the opposite direction. Moreover, in the last few weeks of the election campaign, Marine, as everyone now calls her, avoided the most controversial themes of her program, such as the Referedum on Immigration to change the Constitution and give priority to French regarding certain subsidies, the abolition of ius soli or the cut of 5 billion of the debt of France to the EU. Of course, the goal was to avoid dissent and find consensus among large sections of the population, but we shall not forget that these issues still remain, should she win the presidency.
Indeed, in Brussels and Strasbourg, the Commission and the European Parliament followed this Sunday the counting of the ballots with some apprehension. The victory of Le Pen would in fact cause great changes within the European Union, which could also lead to major failures. For at least three months then, all the main dossiers…