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Arrival of Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella at RN HQ, in Paris, June 13, 2024.

The adage is well-known: historical past doesn’t repeat itself, it stutters. Tuesday June 11, Marine Le Pen achieved what appeared unimaginable till then: a nationwide settlement with Les Républicains (LR) – no less than with the occasion's president, Eric Ciotti – earlier than the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7. Mr. Ciotti acted towards the recommendation of the remainder of his occasion management, resulting in an unprecedented disaster. He claims that 70 or 80 LR candidates “will be supported by the National Rally”. In the favourite place, the National Rally (RN), inheritor to the National Front (FN), certainly one of whose matrices was the rejection of Charles de Gaulle, has simply imploded the occasion ensuing from Gaullism.

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For many right-wing tenors, like Valérie Pécresse or Xavier Bertrand, Mr. Ciotti betrays the legacy of Jacques Chirac and his “sanitary cordon”, put in place within the Nineteen Eighties, which prevented any settlement between the parliamentary proper and the acute proper. Even. Because the historical past of the FN and the RN with the fitting is that of a tormented relationship made up of defectors from one camp to a different but in addition of aborted approaches and unions. Political irony: the media emergence of the FN is even resulting from an settlement, concluded slightly over forty years in the past, between the RPR (ancestor of LR) and the FN.

In 1983, in Dreux, a municipal election make clear the FN, then a small far-right group, which had been unable to current its chief, Jean-Marie Le Pen, within the 1981 presidential election. The occasion's basic secretary, Jean-Pierre Stirbois, plows the land on this commune of Eure-et-Loir. Against the socialist mayor, Françoise Gaspard, the FN made a joint checklist with the RPR. The left narrowly received, however the vote, marred by irregularities, was canceled. For the brand new election, RPR and FN made separate lists within the first spherical however agreed to merge within the second. Public outcry, mobilization of artists and intellectuals. Without notable impact: the RPR-FN checklist wins the city corridor. This occasion will stay identified amongst Lepénists because the “thunder of Dreux”.

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Local agreements

On the fitting, sure voices are being heard to criticize the settlement, resembling these of the Gaullist Jacques Chaban-Delmas and the centrist Simone Veil. But Jacques Chirac doesn’t condemn the method, in a rustic the place the left-wing authorities contains communists. “I might not have been in any respect embarrassed to vote within the second spherical for the checklist [RPR-FN]declared Jacques Chirac, then president of the RPR, every week after the election. It is of no significance to have 4 FN pilgrims in Dreux, in comparison with the 4 communists within the council of ministers. » In their History of the National Front (Tallandier, 2014), Dominique Albertini and David Doucet word that, “in a context marked by the Cold War, and particularly by the current electoral losses of the fitting, Chirac's feeling shouldn’t be marginal. The Secretary General of the Republican Party, François Léotard, extends his very heat congratulations [au nouveau maire de Dreux] “.

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