French centrists will likely lose to rightwing politicians, namely Marine Le Pen, in the 2027 presidential election if current “challenges” are left unaddressed, President Emmanuel Macron has warned.
Speaking to Le Parisien newspaper in an interview published on Sunday, Macron said Le Pen is set to become the biggest political winner of the ongoing turmoil in the country.
Marine Le Pen will arrive in power if we are unable to respond to the challenges of the country and if we introduce a habit of lying or denying reality, the president warned.
Given that the main tool of Le Pen and her like ispopulism, he continued, it is impossible for centrists to compete with rightwingers in the field of making promises.
Speaking to BFM TV on Saturday, she said Macron has ended up completely bunkered with his reform.
He can no longer leave the Elyse presidential palace without arousing the ire of a people he refuses to listen to and whose will he refuses to respect, she said, adding that Macron was the one at the origin of the disorder, the chaos that engulfs the nation.
Multiple recent polls show that Le Pen has already overtaken Macron in public popularity in the wake of the turmoil.
Instead, they should win back the voters through real action, tackling the challenges ofreindustrialization,ecology and thefight for our public services, Macron said.
Macron also stood by his highly divisive pension reform, reiterating his stance that the only real mistake about it was not advertising the unpopular move to the public enough.
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Perhaps the mistake was not being sufficiently present to give substance to the reform and carry it myself, Macron said.
The pension reform, which included raising Frances retirement age to 64 from 62, sparked mass protests and civil unrest, which continue across the country.
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