Given the tough difficulties, Auvergne region president Rhone-Alpes, hard-right, Laurent Waakes, said Thursday night he would not run. Critics said he decided to stay away because he could not imagine the right’s chances against Macron, who is currently relatively popular.
The Gaelic Right has been in tatters since Emmanuel Macron tore it apart in 2017, robbing some of the best conservative talent and starving conservatives of political oxygen ever since. Macron’s two prime ministers so far come from the Barnier family.
Barnier criticized this strategy as “playing with fire”. “Those who are trying to blow up everything that exists between the government and the National Front are risking paving the way for something highly improbable, which is the election of Ms. Le Pen,” he said recently.
Political analyst Laurent Neumann said that given the lack of a clear leader, the French right’s chances of success were slim.
He said, “The right has the culture of the leader. All the great presidents have left.”
BFM commentator Matthew Croisundo added: “When people are running around saying, ‘Why not me? Before thinking simply of ‘Why?’, it is clear that there is no president, no star, no natural candidate.
In fact, Macron is said to be more concerned about the rapid rise of a dissident populist candidate, such as Eric Zemmour, an article writer with convictions for hate speechand a star analyst at CNews, often called the French Fox News.