Rally of Fabrice Leggeri to the RN: “It’s a real shift” | EUROtoday

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Pascal Perrineau, professor emeritus of universities at Sciences Po, specialist in electoral sociology, has lengthy been within the progress of the National Rally. He nonetheless stays shocked by the current becoming a member of of Fabrice Leggeri, ex-director of Frontex courted by LR, to the record led by the younger president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella.

While such a extremely sought-after profile tended to affix the normal, reasonable proper, this determination testifies to the brand new “power of attraction” of the RN, which contributes to “marginalizing” much more the occasion of Eric Ciotti. This recruitment is the signal, in keeping with the political scientist, writer of Populism (PUF, 128p, 9 euros), of a “downgrading of LR in favor of the RN”.

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Point : Fabrice Leggeri, former boss of Frontex skilled at ENA and ENS, has simply joined Jordan Bardella's record for the European elections, on which he’ll seem in third place. What does this say in regards to the evolution of the stability of energy on the proper, lower than 4 months earlier than the election?

Pascal Perrineau: Obviously, this is a crucial achievement for the National Rally. It is a further step within the recognition of the occasion, which not solely attracts marginalized individuals. The RN, by recovering Fabrice Leggeri, demonstrates that it may well entice a senior civil servant from the largest colleges and having acquired actual experience, sufficiently acknowledged on the nationwide and European stage for him to occupy, till 2022, this very strategic drive that’s the Frontex government. The occasion of Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella has adequate visibility and notability for heavyweights within the senior civil service, main technocrats, to affix them.

It ought to be famous that Fabrice Leggeri is neither an activist nor an ideologue. He is a person who has actual skilled expertise in immigration and European border management. This demonstrates a logic of experience, which the RN has till now favored comparatively little. It is, in reality, a profile that we normally discover throughout the basic proper. It is a profile much like that of Patrick Stefanini, who managed the presidential marketing campaign of Valérie Pécresse. All this demonstrates that the ability of attraction of such a extremely sought-after profile is not LR.

The Republicans even courted him for a very long time… They lately promised him to be excessive on the record led by François-Xavier Bellamy. Should we see this as a symptom of the erasure of a conventional, reasonable proper, in favor of a nationalist proper?

Yes, it’s certainly the mark of a erasure which is extra pronounced in France than in the remainder of Europe. The British Conservative Party, the German Christian Democracy and the People's Party in Spain stay main political teams. LR now appears condemned to stay under 10%. They are marginalized. This is what this rallying reveals: the previous main events are not enticing. Between Bellamy's record, which peaks at 8%, and Bardella's record which is hovering at 30%, the mass appears already mentioned! The RN has gotten rid of the scent of sulfur which discouraged profiles much like that of Leggeri seven or eight years in the past.

So senior right-wing officers say to themselves that by becoming a member of the RN, they’re getting nearer to energy?

Those who wish to be in cost are more and more saying that their solely alternative is Renaissance or the RN. It’s an actual shift. The National Rally turns into an influence occasion. In their eyes, it not solely carries a demagogic tradition, based mostly on the exploitation of fears, but additionally a tradition of energy. For the challengers of this occasion, that is worrying and unprecedented.

We additionally see that, among the many 88 RN deputies and people near Marine Le Pen, but additionally among the many Youth with Bardellamany have gone by these nice colleges…

Absolutely. There is this concept, which is gaining floor, that it’s maybe the subsequent occasion in energy. This modifications numerous issues, significantly amongst younger people who find themselves bold, certified and desperate to shortly climb the ladder. In our current political historical past, events near energy have at all times attracted senior civil servants or younger executives in a rush. Since the Gaullist occasion, initially of the Ve Republic, appeared as a celebration that will set up itself, it attracted senior officers like Chirac, amongst many others. This is the signal, to summarize, of a downgrading of LR in favor of the RN. The erasure of 1 advantages the event of the opposite.