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Marine Le Pen, during her speech after the results of the first round of the legislative elections, in Hénin-Beaumont (Pas-de-Calais), June 30, 2024.

IThey are between a bit of below 50 and a bit of over 60 years previous. They have solely recognized far-right activism. Their names are Philippe Olivier, Laure Lavalette, Gilles Penelle, Bruno Bilde or Steeve Briois. They will not be all on the very best of phrases, however they’ve had essential tasks in Marine Le Pen's ecosystem and within the National Rally (RN) for a few years. What brings them collectively? They entered politics very younger (earlier than they got here of age), didn’t expertise the Second World War or, for probably the most half, the Algerian War, They joined at a time when the far-right motion was transferring away from group logic, when the left was answerable for the nation.

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What do they need? To conquer and train energy, not like their elders who had come again from all of the historic defeats and who have been content material to stay within the opposition. Finally, they’ve one other factor in widespread: having been seduced for a time – usually briefly – by Bruno Mégret, former quantity two of the National Front (FN, ancestor of the RN). At the top of the Nineteen Nineties, the person who would break up, in 1999, to discovered the National Republican Movement (MNR) defended a method that may be summed up as follows: de-demonization, implantation, professionalization. Exactly that of Marine Le Pen, a couple of years later.

One factor is definite: the present political scenario confirms their intuitions of thirty years in the past. The far-right occasion should, if it desires to win, give a presentable picture not solely to persuade as many citizens as potential, but in addition to conclude alliances with the normal proper, a mandatory situation for having an absolute majority. “We can say that there is a certain slowness in the maturation of these ideas”, stated right this moment, jokingly, Jean-Yves Le Gallou, some of the outstanding Mégretists on the time of the break up.

An essential mental determine of the far-right identitarian, he has not returned to the Le Penist fold. He selected Eric Zemmour in 2022 and appears on the present scenario with a touch of satisfaction. He continues: “For us, the logic has always been to say that the possible alliances are on the right.” Exactly what occurred with the rallying of Eric Ciotti and his supporters.

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“Taking the movement out of the margins and elevating it”

A Mégretist govt from the Nineteen Nineties who now works with Marine Le Pen – and who requested anonymity – confirms the continuity of the technique from thirty years in the past: “It was necessary to take the movement out of marginality and elevate it. The split was to accelerate the process of modernization and become a party of government. Marine Le Pen developed the same idea in 2005. She “de-Lepenized” herself from that moment on.”

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