at Reconquête!, a “political-financial deal” between Marion Maréchal and Eric Zemmour | EUROtoday

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Marion Maréchal, head of the Reconquest list!  for the European elections, and Eric Zemmour, president of the party, during the official presentation of the list for the June 9 ballot, in Paris, May 7, 2024.

“I not only need your vote on June 9, but I also need your help and support, particularly financial. » This April 17, two months before the European elections in which she leads the Reconquête! list, Marion Maréchal publishes on her social networks a call for donations – that the Reconquête party! or Eric Zemmour do not relay. Why is the candidate of a party who lives comfortably and has the support of the banks forced to appeal to her donors? As learned The worldthe delivery of part of the campaign funds, amounting to 1 million euros, was the subject of a conflict, in March, between Marion Maréchal's team and the management of Reconquête !.

With the party financing the campaign alone, up to the ceiling for reimbursement of expenses by the State – around 4.3 million euros – the financial weapon was brandished by those close to Eric Zemmour at the height of tensions , at the time of his big campaign meeting, at the Dôme de Paris, on March 10. It was only after a clarification meeting, aimed at reminding Marion Maréchal of the “political deal” between her and Eric Zemmour, that the million euros held was launched. The marketing campaign, nevertheless, was by no means wanting cash and was not hampered by this episode, every camp assures.

This occasion is one manifestation amongst others of the strain that reigned at Reconquête! all through the marketing campaign. End of March, Point revealed the very degraded state of relations between Eric Zemmour and Marion Maréchal: the top of the checklist criticized the presidential election candidate for taking over a considerable a part of his talking time. The absence of Eric Zemmour within the get together's communication parts has been the topic of recurring tensions. As an actor on the coronary heart of the marketing campaign, assist of the previous candidate within the presidential election, welcomes, the historic zemmourists made Marion Maréchal's marketing campaign perceive that funds, social networks and membership recordsdata belonged to them. Senator Reconquest! from Bouches-du-Rhône Stéphane Ravier, the get together's solely nationwide elected official, says he’s sorry: “If I start talking about how this campaign went… All I know is that the money eventually came. »

“Stressful moment”

Stanislas Rigault, member of the administration of Reconquête! and near Eric Zemmour, ensures that“he never lacked money during the campaign”. However, its fee would have been conditional on “political and financial deal” linking sure funds to commitments referring to the composition of the checklist or the tempo of the marketing campaign. The appointment of the polemicist Jean Messiha, who reappeared initially of May in opposition to the recommendation of Marion Maréchal, was notably a part of the discussions, based on a number of sources from each camps. This touring companion of the 2022 presidential marketing campaign recovered eighth place, initially attributed to Philippe Vardon, marketing campaign director.

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