The place is a new nod to the right. After Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012 and François Fillon in 2017, Eric Zemmour gathers his support on the Place du Trocadéro, Sunday March 27, for his last major campaign meeting two weeks before the first round of the presidential election.
In difficulty for several weeks, in particular since the invasion of Russia in Ukraine which recalled its positions on Vladimir Poutine, the candidate of Reconquest! intends to bring together tens of thousands of people for a last burst. “It will be the event of the campaign, the biggest gathering”he hoped, Friday, on Sud Radio.
Mr. Zemmour gave an appointment to his activists around 2 p.m., before speaking at around 4 p.m. “All of France is invited, except provocateurs from the far right, far left and extreme stupidity. In advance, thank you to them for going elsewhere », he launched on Twitter Thursday evening. For its spokesperson, Stanislas Rigault, “We hope it will be a great political moment. There are fifteen days left, everything will, in reality, be played out in a pocket handkerchief, and the Trocadero show of force can help us make the difference in the end. »
While these great routs at the Trocadero had not allowed Nicolas Sarkozy and François Fillon to win a few weeks later, Mr. Rigault sees “rather their meetings like bursts. Sarkozy would not have reached 48% [au second tour, en 2012] without that and Fillon would not have been a few hundred thousand votes away from qualifying” for the second round in 2017, he replies.
So far, Eric Zemmour’s biggest meeting was held on December 5 in Villepinte (Seine-Saint-Denis), with more than 10,000 people and numerous incidents. Security will therefore be closely observed on Sunday. “Several hundred people” – private security and volunteers – were mobilized, assured a member of the campaign to Agence France-Presse, in addition to the police forces deployed.
Place du Trocadéro, the Théâtre de Chaillot, the Musée de l’Homme and the Cité de l’architecture will also be closed due to the meeting. The CGT-Spectacle federation says to itself “dismayed” that this gathering is authorized “to the detriment of the safety and activity of employees, and the reception of the public”.
An eventful visit to the northeast of Paris
For Eric Zemmour, this meeting seems the last chance to convince the undecided and to get closer to qualifying for the second round. At the beginning of the week, during a public meeting in Metz, the candidate of Reconquest! repeated the theme of “one against all”. “We are ready to save the truth to save France, whatever our adversaries say, he warned. We will never hide a truth to please journalists or pollsters. They will not make the law! »
While it is given in sharp decline in opinion polls, it targeted polling institutes which had underestimated abstention in the 2021 regional elections: “They will say they knew it, (…) they have always been wrong about everything. » During this meeting in Metz, he had also taken a step further in radicalism by promising a ministry of “remigration”, terminology from identity circles, in order to expel a million foreigners in five years: illegal immigrants, delinquents, criminals and “S files”.
This desire to divide and chain shock formulas could, in the end, produce the desired effect and benefit its far-right competitor Marine Le Pen. This is, in any case, what the candidate of the National Rally seems to believe, who replied to readers of the Parisian, in an interview that aired Friday night. For meme The pen, the “emergence” from the former CNews columnist “and some retrograde aspects of his proposals have made people realize that [le Rassemblement national n’était] not that cartoon. “So yes, Eric Zemmour has enabled a new quality of listening to what we offer”she welcomed.