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Marine Le Pen and Anne Hidalgo talk about disability, Volodymyr Zelensky gives a speech to parliamentarians… The political news of the day

The world keeps the synopsis of the campaign for the presidential election of 2022: a daily update, published at 7 p.m., analyzes the political events of the past day and discusses the appointments to come.

News of the day: Disability issues make a brief appearance in the election campaign

The proposals of several candidates for the presidential election concerning people with disabilities were briefly highlighted on Wednesday by the organization of Handébat, a “great oral” at the initiative of several associations. Anne Hidalgo and Marine Le Pen were the only ones present at the Maison de la radio, but Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Fabien Roussel and Valérie Pécresse had received the Handébat teams for an interview in their campaign headquarters before the event and were represented . Laurence Trochu, President of the Conservative Movement, spoke on behalf of Eric Zemmour.

“Yes, we are behind on accessibility programs, it’s undeniable”, said, on stage, Sophie Cluzel, Secretary of State for People with Disabilities, who came to replace the candidate Emmanuel Macron, who sent a video statement to present his measures. The government is still opposed to associations on the “deconjugalization” allowance for disabled adults: Mme Cluzel repeated that she was not in favor of it, arguing that it is a social minimum, based, therefore, on national solidarity and solidarity between spouses. For associations, it is indeed a service of autonomy, because the handicap often has a definitive character, while the social minimum must rather palliate a temporary difficulty.

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Valérie Pécresse, Fabien Roussel, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Anne Hidalgo and Nathalie Arthaud are in favor of the “deconjugalization”, as well as Marine Le Pen. The candidate of the National Rally also criticized the “accounting logic” in the management of the handicap and said to wish “enshrine in the Constitution the principle of non-discrimination on the basis of disability”. Mr. Roussel calls for making “universal accessibility” a constitutional principle and would like to see the creation of a fully-fledged ministry.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon defended, in a video, his refusal to impose a share of people with disabilities for certain electoral mandates: “It is not discrimination that can found a quota of representation (…). Because you are blind, does that change your relationship to liberalism or communism? It doesn’t change anything.”he had replied to his interlocutor, the Paralympic judoka Anthony Martins-Misse, who has become a business manager. “We can only regret that some [candidats] do not come, because the subject concerns 12 million people – it is still 20% of the French population – and 10 million caregivers”lamented the latter, Wednesday morning, on Sud Radio.

Image of the day: Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeal to French parliamentarians

The deputies, standing, listen to the intervention of the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, in front of the French Parliament, in the hemicycle of the National Assembly, March 23, 2022.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to the National Assembly and the French Senate on Wednesday afternoon by video, live and simultaneously in both chambers. His fifteen-minute speech, during which he called in particular for tougher sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s regime and criticized French companies that have not stopped their “sponsors of Russia’s war machine”was preceded by speeches by Richard Ferrand, in front of the deputies, and Gérard Larcher, in front of the senators.

Several candidates for the presidential election were present as parliamentarians: Marine Le Pen did attend the speech – the MP for Pas-de-Calais had hinted that she would not come, before changing her mind. Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Nicolas Dupont-Aignan also listened to Volodomyr Zelensky, but not Fabien Roussel, absent due to the recent death of one of his relatives.

The number of the day: 6

Six associations fighting against homophobia have announced that they have filed a complaint, Wednesday in Paris, against the far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, for “Crimes Against Humanity Dispute”. They accuse him of having denied the deportation of homosexuals during the Second World War.

The Inter-LGBT, Stop Homophobia, SOS Homophobia, Mousse, Adheos and Quazar associations are aiming with this simple complaint at a specific sentence from the candidate in his book published in September 2021, France has not said its last word (Rubempre): “The deportation to France of homosexuals because of their ‘sexual orientation’, as we say today, is a ‘legend’. »

The campaign in the archives of “Le Monde”… In 2002, the traditional left-right duel weakened by a “fuzzy campaign”

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A few weeks before the first round of the 2002 presidential election, journalist Gérard Courtois feels that, in an analysis published in The world, a change of time. The incessant bickering which opposes, during the electoral campaign, the candidate president, Jacques Chirac, and the candidate prime minister, Lionel Jospin, added to the breakthrough in the polls of “second-tier candidates” (Arlette Laguiller, Jean-Pierre Chevènement, François Bayrou) make him raise “the voters’ desire to thwart the over-announced, over-obvious scenario of the Jospin-Chirac duel”.

The left and the right of government are well ahead of the voting intentions, but with less solid support than in previous elections, and their common presence within the executive “has too closely associated the two incumbents in the minds of voters” so that the story of a “abyss” between their two programs is credible.

Results, the other currents are engulfed in a political space worked for twenty years, notes Gérard Courtois: in 1981, the candidates “marginal or protesters” had collected only 6% of the votes; in 1988, they reached one in six voters; in 1995, one in five voters. In 2002, it is “one in three voters who say they are tempted by an ‘arm of honor’ vote”drawing an electorate divided into “three Frances” : that of the left, that of the parliamentary right, and that “of grumbling, refusal or rejection”of which the presence in the second round of Jean-Marie Le Pen – which no one had anticipated – will be, a month later, the illustration.

On the program for Thursday, March 24

“Elysée 2022”. France 2 broadcast Elysée 2022 “continues its program by inviting four candidates for the presidential election, Thursday evening: Valérie Pécresse, Fabien Roussel, Jean Lassalle and Nathalie Arthaud, with a speaking time differentiated according to the candidates, in compliance with the rules of reinforced fairness issued by the Audiovisual and Digital Communication Regulatory Authority.

Future of high school. The SNES-FSU, college and high school teachers’ union, is organizing a big oral on the future of their establishments, at the end of the day. No candidate will be present, but several campaign teams have sent a representative: those of Yannick Jadot, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Fabien Roussel, Anne Hidalgo, Nathalie Arthaud, Philippe Poutou and Emmanuel Macron.

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