behind the softened image, Marine Le Pen’s program remains fundamentally far-right

Marine Le Pen in her campaign bus, in Dunkirk (North), March 12, 2022.

A president arousing rejection, a simmering scandal and a far-right candidate on the way to winning the Elysée: in the film yesterday’s worldby director Diasteme, released in theaters this Wednesday, March 30, the secretary general of the Elysée Palace alerts the head of state four days before the first round of the election: the far-right leader “don’t scare anyone yet, but you know like me that he is very dangerous. It will start off slow, and then…” And then the“horror”he finishes.

Ten days before the presidential election of 2022, the“horror” is no longer associated in the opinion with Marine Le Pen. The candidate of the National Rally (RN) has softened her image more than ever when her program remains always contrary to democratic and republican values. The one who avoided surfing on the power of the street to bet everything on the presidentiality and respect for the electoral process asserts herself as a legalist.

In fact, she promises to “respect” the law and the Constitution, but it actually intends to change both fundamentally. Politics takes precedence over the law, she assumes, with the ambition to implement a project that undermines fundamental rights and individual freedoms, without which democracy is only the power of the greatest number and not the respect of all. .

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Marine Le Pen has warned: the first measure she will take if she reaches the Elysée will be to submit by referendum a bill, already drafted, on immigration and identity, and from which her policy stems. It will empty part of the preamble of the 1946 Constitution of its content and will modify at least six articles of the 1958 Constitution… “without calling into question the rule of law”she said, with aplomb. “A considerable advantage”she underlines however in her project, since “the Constitutional Council cannot examine a law adopted by referendum. It is therefore fully applicable without restriction..

It is a constitutional coup which, if adopted, would upset the very heritage of the philosophy of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. On the strength of the precedent of 1962, when de Gaulle had established by referendum the election of the President of the Republic by universal suffrage, it intends to rely on article 11 of the Constitution, which does not however aim at constitutional revisions. “What Marine Le Pen is proposing is a kind of coup d’etat! », is indignant the constitutionalist Dominique Rousseau. Reply from MEP RN Jean-Paul Garraud, the potential Minister of Justice of the candidate, who writes his texts: “If the people want it, we do it. »

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