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Presidential election 2022: Marine Le Pen on the offensive, Jean-Michel Blanquer admits to “making mistakes”… The political recap of the day


Le World keeps the logbook for the 2022 presidential election campaign: a daily update is published every evening at 7 p.m. which reviews the political events of the past day and discusses upcoming meetings.

  • Fact of the day: Marine Le Pen on the offensive on wind turbines and Eric Zemmour

The torn posters of the far-right candidates for the presidential election, Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour, in Hauts de France, January 14, 2022.

Haro on wind turbines… and on Eric Zemmour. Less than three months before the presidential election, Marine Le Pen was on the offensive this week, raising her voice against her far-right competitor while rolling out her program, notably on the environment on Friday. The candidate of the National Rally (RN) went to Erquy, in the Côtes-d’Armor, on Friday, to hear the anger of fishermen opposed to the construction of 62 wind turbines 200 meters high, 16 kilometers from the coast.

She promised “to stop” the project if she is elected and even reiterated her desire to cease “the development of all wind turbine projects at sea, but also on land”. Instead of wind power, which she describes as “biggest scam of the century”, Mme Le Pen prefers to defend nuclear power. The RN candidate was therefore also offensive this week against the polemicist, who replied to her through the media. Since the rallying to Mr. Zemmour of the former number two of the party Les Républicains (LR) Guillaume Peltier, Sunday January 9, it has in any case intensified its criticisms.

” Do’[Eric Zemmour] has the ambition to be in the second round, which I do not believe, or does it actually serve as a stepping stone to allow Valérie Pécresse to be in the second round in place of Marine Le Pen? », thus questioned the candidate of the RN, Wednesday. For his part, the far-right essayist taxed Mme The pen “of Arlette Laguiller of the national right” with a “routine application”, Wednesday evening on BFM-TV. While the RN candidate accuses Mme Pécresse to let elected LR sponsor Eric Zemmour to divide the far right, the latter replied: “Maybe Le Pen is used to this kind of political tricks, it’s not my thing. » In the midst of these attacks, the mayor of Béziers, Robert Ménard, tried to calm things down by calling for the union of the two far-right candidates. “I don’t understand them”, he launched, almost disillusioned, Thursday, on Europe 1.

  • Drawing of the week by Aurel

The cartoonist Aurel, accustomed to the columns of the daily newspaper and our website, invites himself to today’s recap – and will come back to it every Friday during the presidential campaign. This week, back to Eric Zemmour’s wishes to the press.

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  • The quote: Jean-Michel Blanquer apologizes after the strike in national education

“I am not perfect, I make mistakes”, Jean-Michel Blanquer.

Shaken for several days by the anger of some of the national education staff and parents of students, mobilized yesterday against the health protocol at school, the Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, has do his my culpa on Franceinfo, Friday morning.

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I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I think it’s the nature of human beings, and it obviously happens to me. I have no problem saying that I’m sorry about certain things, but it’s also important not to be too crystallized on a person. », said Mr. Blanquer the day after the demonstrations which gathered nearly 80,000 people in France. Thursday evening, it was the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, who led the discussions with the teachers’ unions.

  • The decryption of the day: what is majority judgment, advocated by the popular Primary?

Saturday at 2 p.m., the popular Primary must specify the candidates selected and the modalities of this vote which will be held from January 27 to 30. But the choice of the winner will not be done in the traditional way with a single-member ballot, as the French are used to. The People’s Primary has chosen a different voting system, “Majority Judgment”.

In this system, invented by the French mathematicians Rida Laraki and Michel Balinski, we decide on each candidate with mentions such as “excellent”, “passable” or “to be rejected”. To win, you must obtain the best median mention, that is to say the one with which a majority of voters agree. Our journalist, Julien Lemaignen, returns for you to this democratic experience which is supposed to better express the opinions of voters and avoid the “perverse effects” of the single-member ballot.

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  • The day when… the pollsters put the results of their studies into perspective:

Archive of the

In this recap dedicated to the news of the electoral campaign, we will also evoke the past, returning each day to the highlights of the last presidential elections through an article by the World. Today, let’s go back twenty years… January 14, 2002.

In an article entitled “Three months before the election, the pollsters relativize the results of their studies”, published on January 14, 2002, the journalist Hervé Gattegno recounts that the trauma is still present after the erroneous forecasts of the presidential election of 1995 and of the municipal elections of 2001. The managers of the polling companies then admit that their estimates may include “margins of error” and attribute them to the method of calculation and the technique used to collect the opinions of voters.

“The only two lessons from the current polls are that the second round will obviously pit Mr. Chirac against Mr. Jospin and that it should be very tight”, said Philippe Méchet, head of political studies at Sofres. The qualification in the second round of the candidate of the National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, and the elimination of the socialist candidate, Lionel Jospin, from the evening of the first round, on April 22, 2002 will prove him wrong. Twenty years later, the production of polls and their use by the media are still contested in public debate.

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  • The agenda for Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 January:

Clarifications. It is likely to move left again this weekend. After stating that she “considered” to run for the presidential election on December 17, 2021, the ex-minister of justice Christiane Taubira should put an end to the suspense on Saturday. She makes an appointment in Lyon, at 11 a.m., for a statement. If the reactions of the socialist Anne Hidalgo, the ecologist Yannick Jadot, the communist Fabien Roussel, and the “rebellious” Jean-Luc Mélenchon to this new candidacy on the left are quite predictable, that of the former minister of recovery productive, Arnaud Montebourg, will be more scrutinized. The candidate of “La Remontada”, whose campaign has never taken off, will he join Christiane Taubira?

Rules of the game. Also on Saturday, at 2 p.m., it will be the turn of the popular Primary to present the candidates and the modalities of the nomination vote which will be held from January 27 to 30. As of January 10, 300,000 people have supported this citizens’ initiative and 110,000 of them have confirmed their registration for the vote by providing their French bank card number and a mobile phone number. The vote will nevertheless be free, promise the organizers.

Back to the future. Hoping to reiterate his ” cut “ of the last presidential election, Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives an appointment Sunday afternoon at the Exponantes park in Nantes for his first major meeting “immersive and olfactory”. Helped by the company Videlio and the scenographer David Mathias, La France insoumise saw things in a big way: a structure of four walls 50 meters wide and a ceiling made up of screens should allow the broadcasting of 360-degree images. for the 3,000 people in the audience. A device diffusing odors will complete the technical innovation.