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Jordan Bardella, during a meeting in Paris, June 2, 2024.

Rarely has an elected official appeared so disillusioned to welcome a “rock star” on his land. Friday May 31, Yves Palmieri, numerous right-wing mayor of La Farlède (Var), watches, disillusioned, as 150 younger folks had been pushed loopy by Jordan Bardella's one-hour go to, in the course of the city's conventional wine truthful. The head of the National Rally (RN) listing within the European elections on June 9 didn’t meet any exponents, preferring to succumb to the tide of arms dreaming of a selfie with him. An idol with notoriety formed on TikTok or on the set of Cyril Hanouna.

“In a period of general anxiety and by using all the codes of his time, he has acquired such a dynamic that nothing seems to prevent him from aiming [l’élection présidentielle de] 2027, Judge M. Palmieri. But when you make people dream, you have to take responsibility. » Not far from him, the deputy (RN, Var) Frank Giletti exults, happy that his foal has not, all day, been treated as a “fascist”. “People don’t even talk to him about politics anyway. recognizes the departmental delegate of the Frontist party. It's completely crazy what's happening around him. »

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Two days later, for his solely assembly in Paris, Jordan Bardella delivered a radical speech in entrance of a very younger viewers, waving with out saying his identify the racist and fantastical idea of the “great replacement”.

This final weekend of the marketing campaign closes a paradoxical nine-month sequence for him. The recognition of the younger president of the RN has grown spectacularly, pushed by social networks, his new style for the train of wandering and selfies, the place left by Marine Le Pen and the preliminary encouragement of Macronie, who desires of see the RN kill one another. But, on the identical time, the MEP didn’t impose a selected narrative on his marketing campaign and his costume as a superb debater got here out threadbare. In 2019, he was solely Marine Le Pen's right-hand man, a younger and pleasant entrance of the far proper. Five years later, for his first marketing campaign for which he was in cost, the mark left by Jordan Bardella stays tough to outline.

More pragmatic than coherent

It was with the assistance of Marine Le Pen that he determined to interrupt with the AfD, this cumbersome German ally, selected the slogan (“France returns, Europe revives”) and the frequent thread of the marketing campaign (towards “Macron’s Europe”), and nonetheless lower off just a few heads to represent his listing. It was on his personal initiative, conversely, that he muted the social gathering's pro-Kremlin line, by adopting a harsher speech in direction of Russia than Marine Le Pen; by repaying early the whole Russian mortgage which had polluted the top of his elder's presidential marketing campaign; and by expressing his disagreement together with his personal MEP Thierry Mariani… whom he nonetheless renewed on his listing, an indication that Mr. Bardella is extra pragmatic than coherent.

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