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VS'was precisely a month in the past, and it already looks like an eternity. On June 7, the night of the European elections, RN activists and leaders had been savoring, within the consolation of the Chesnaie du Roy pavilion, within the coronary heart of the Bois de Vincennes, the satisfaction of an introduced victory. Before capsizing when Emmanuel Macron introduced, within the wake of the outcomes, the dissolution of the National Assembly, authorizing the dream of a cohabitation with Jordan Bardella in a couple of weeks.

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This Sunday, July 7, the place continues to be as idyllic, however euphoria has given option to disappointment. It is in surprised silence that the primary projections seem on the screens: between 132 and 152 seats for the RN and its allies, in third place behind Ensemble (150 to 170 seats) and the New Popular Front (172 to 192), removed from an absolute majority that appeared inside attain. Faces are closed, removed from the grins of June.

A disillusionment that may be defined, in accordance with elected officers and activists, by the Republican entrance, an nearly unique supply of resentment. The faces of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Hollande are booed after they seem on the large screens. “Propaganda has been unleashed against us, and our adversaries have conducted unnatural negotiations. Result [avec la première position de la NFP, NDLR]”We reside in Venezuela…” says a European MP with a grin, refusing to give her name.

Tricolor flag in hand, Dominique Fouillard, district secretary in the 10the in Paris, abounds: “Between Emmanuel Macron and the left, it's the alliance of the carp and the rabbit. We had nearly your entire political class towards us.” The lack of preparation and racism of certain candidates, the controversy over dual nationality? The time for introspection will have to wait. “There are definitely issues we might have achieved higher,” concedes Wambach, an activist in Seine-et-Marne, without going into details.

A semi-defeat

Once again, the ex-FN seems to be hitting a glass ceiling, after the disappointments of the 2017 presidential elections and, above all, of 2022. At the risk of discouraging its most ardent supporters? Beyond the bitterness of the evening, optimism persists. Despite “the alliance of dishonor that throws France into the arms of the intense left”, “the National Rally is making a very powerful breakthrough in its historical past”, greets Jordan Bardella from the podium, impeccable suit and closed face. “A wind of hope has risen, and it’ll by no means cease blowing”, promises the disappointed candidate for Matignon.

“It's a semi-victory or a semi-defeat,” summarizes Aymeric Maihet, an unsuccessful substitute candidate in the 2017 legislative elections: the RN continues to expand its base.” Marine Le Pen, for her half, speaks of a “delayed” victory for her celebration.

Especially for the reason that Republican entrance within the poll packing containers, and maybe quickly within the Assembly and in authorities, dangers disgusting voters. In any case, that is what disenchanted activists need to consider, their eyes already mounted on the 2027 election. Dominique Fouillard: “This politicking is not good for France. On the other hand, it is not bad for the RN…” Is this disillusionment actually a definitive failure? Other, extra mild evenings could also be on the horizon for the regulars on the Pavillon de la Chesnaie du Roy.