Édouard Philippe not satisfied by a Macron-Le Pen debate | EUROtoday

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Une “surprising” thought. Questioned on LCI, this Sunday, May 26, a few attainable debate between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, two weeks earlier than the European elections, the previous head of presidency mentioned he didn’t know if this confrontation was “necessary”.

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Édouard Philippe was first questioned concerning the legitimacy of the talk between Gabriel Attal and Jordan Bardella, which was held on Thursday May 23 on France 2. In this regard, he judged that “debating, in a democracy, is GOOD “. “It does not seem scandalous to me, and even quite normal” that “the Prime Minister, who is the leader of the majority, discusses, debates with the leader of a political party,” he continued.

However, he wanted to “make a difference” regarding a face-to-face meeting between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. This configuration seemed “more surprising” to him. “For the Head of State to explain that, in an otherwise electoral context, he intends to debate with a personality, who moreover is not party leader, is more surprising,” he said. it develops.

The RN “threatens Europe”

The mayor of Le Havre nevertheless tempered himself, believing that if he would not have “spontaneously” thought that “it would be a good idea”, the head of state “has the right to want to debate”. In an interview with Parisian published on Saturday, Emmanuel Macron relaunched the idea of ​​a debate with Marine Le Pen. “If we think that this is an election where part of the destiny of France is at stake, which I believe, we must debate. The ball is in his court,” said the President of the Republic.

While traveling in Germany, Emmanuel Macron justified himself, explaining that he could not accept “the idea that the National Rally would be a party like the others”. A party which, according to him, “threatens Europe, precisely because it is anti-European by construction and nationalism, it is the responsibility of the President of the Republic to remove these ambiguities”.

To this proposal, Marine Le Pen said she was willing to debate on the condition that Emmanuel Macron “draws the consequences” of his entry “into the electoral arena” and that he “puts his resignation or the dissolution of the 'Assembly “. The Head of State's response didn’t take lengthy since on the microphone of BFMTV, he insisted on the truth that this election shouldn’t “change the Constitution”. “We have to focus on European issues. Not stay hidden,” he concluded.