throughout their first debate, Valérie Hayer fails to win towards a mocking Jordan Bardella | EUROtoday

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The president of the National Rally (RN), Jordan Bardella, and MEP (Renew) Valérie Hayer, in the BFM-TV studios, May 2, 2024.

It took BFM-TV half an hour to deal with a European topic, Thursday May 2, in the course of the debate organized by the channel between Jordan Bardella and Valérie Hayer, head of the checklist within the… European elections. And yet one more hour for the Macronist candidate to enter a duel that she had, at this stage, already misplaced. One month earlier than the June 9 election, dealing with the far-right candidate to whom polls attribute greater than 30% of voting intentions, MEP (Renew) Valérie Hayer struggled, each in substance and in type. , with out managing to place Jordan Bardella in issue on his weak factors. The president of the National Rally (RN) present in entrance of him a extra versatile candidate than Raphaël Glucksmann, chief of the Place publique-Socialist Party, who had pushed him to his limits throughout a debate on April 12.

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The first query from presenter Benjamin Duhamel – attributing a high quality and a fault to his opponent – ​​instantly made it potential to situate the intentions of the 2 debaters. Valérie Hayer, extra aggressive, tried to denounce the imposture that, based on her, the RN's European program constitutes: the defect was thus “duplicity”and high quality, “the nerve to state so many lies with such aplomb”. Jordan Bardella, for his half, solely has a capital of factors to take care of and the best to reassure. He needed to be a great participant however above all a mocker: “I have a lot of respect for you. You are courageous because you represent Emmanuel Macron's record and you ran for office. »

The far-right leader subsequently increased his sarcasm in a light tone, reflecting his relative ease in a place and context that he knows much better than his interlocutor. With an audacity bordering on arrogance, Jordan Bardella even said, at the end of the show: “I have the impression that Hayer has difficulty with European subjects. » He who crossed his mandate like a shadow.

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Many stretched poles

Jordan Bardella had the advantage of starting the debate on two themes of his own, although chosen by the channel, and having no link with the European election: “youth hyperviolence” and the revolt of Sciences Po Paris college students towards the warfare in Gaza. On these two topics, Mme Hayer refused for a very long time to chop off Mr. Bardella, permitting the far-right chief to make his argument. Including to denounce anti-Semitism, a difficulty on which his occasion nonetheless affords some help. After an hour of debate, Valérie Hayer was 4 minutes late in talking time, buried beneath the phrases of her opponent.

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