The President of the National Front Marine Le Pen on March 11, 2018 in Lille.
Marine Le Pen wants to change the name of the National Front to form alliances, but the party line does not deviate and remains oriented „right all“ on the national preference, making hypothetical possible reconciliations, analysts analyze.
The front-line leader has proposed to the congress of its formation on Saturday and Sunday in Lille to rename the party „National Rally“ to get out of the „air hole“ of the presidential opening eventually to other parties.
However, the FN emerged from this congress „right all“, on a line unchanged „national populist“, says the political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, interviewed by AFP.
The one who, like Emmanuel Macron, praises the end of the right-left split, has followed a „clearly right-wing software“ while defending „the values, the transmission, the patriotism, the carnal attachment to France“, analyzes Mr. Camus .
Admittedly, the president of the FN still works „on two legs“, as she often says.
At the address of more conservative activists like her niece Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, she denounced Sunday a „society without limits“, in „full inversion of values“, announcing the holding of a conference to „end with May 68 „.
To supporters of a „social“ line embodied by her former right-hand man Florian Philippot, she promised to „protect“ the „most humble“ of the „planned downgrading“, to defend public services and „economic patriotism“.
– Reconcile the irreconcilable –
„It is on two legs, because there is a + social component + right, but it is a component + social + that applies discrimination between nationals and foreigners.What is not possible left,“ says Camus .
The loudest applause, with activists chanting „we’re at home“, was heard when Marine Le Pen launched that „legal and illegal immigration is no longer tenable“ and that „the money of the French must first come back to the French „.
Its unifying themes on security, immigration, Islam allow it to gather divided activists to the prospect of a name change, validated only by a „narrow majority“.
The difficulty for Marine Le Pen is to „reconcile two incompatible things: attracting new voters who still hesitate to vote FN, hence the name change, and at the same time distinguish themselves from other political parties and therefore maintain its radicality „, says sociologist Sylvain Crepon.
The coming Saturday at the congress of the NF sulfurous Steve Bannon, former advisor to Donald Trump, who has boasted the media by promising the „victory“ of populists in Europe, also seemed to contradict the efforts of „de-demonization“ of Marine Le Pen .
„To make forget the sulfurous aspects of the FN, the name should result in a reorientation of the program,“ said Mr. Crépon.
– Country Lessons –
„Nothing can change,“ said Camus, because it is not in the interest of the FN to abandon the national preference, otherwise it „would look like two drops of water to Republicans trend Laurent Wauquiez“.
The president of the Republicans is the missing of the speech of Marine Le Pen, who claims to be the main opponent of Emmanuel Macron, whom she blasted „the wandering“, as those of „migrants and tax expatriates“.
The president of the FN has pleaded for alliances, but without announcing concrete reconciliation with a specific formation or personality.
His companion Louis Aliot, the best elected in the party’s parliament (national council), admits that alliances will come from „the base“ and not „staffs“.
And even if Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the ally of the presidential election, returns, „it’s not new and it did not allow victory,“ notes Camus.
„I will be the tireless campaigner of a coalition that respects the parties but does not depend on the parties,“ declared Monday Mr. Dupont-Aignan, to whom Marine Le Pen had promised Matignon during the inter-two rounds of the presidential election .
The political scientist Jean-Yves Camus also believes that „no lesson was learned from the failure of the presidential campaign, because those who participated either left, like Florian Philippot in September, or“ were promoted „as his campaign director David Rachline, entered the executive office.