France’s far-right party, the National Assembly (RN), began today to convene its 17th Congress to mobilize its supporters after the defeat of the regional elections and before the presidential election next year.
RN did not win in any district in the district elections last weekend, when it hoped to win at least some of them as a starting point for 2022.
RN leaders, especially Marine Le Pen, attribute mass absenteeism to failure, especially among the youth and working class, which is the highest-ranked category of the party.
“There is nothing to lose, there is still a way to win the presidential election,” another registered nurse, Jordan Badra, claimed at a conference in Perpignan.
“The bitter taste of the victory we missed on hand is still there,” he said, drew applause from those present, adding that the party must learn from electoral abstinence.
Member of the European Parliament Nicolas Bay (Nicolas Bay) said that Sunday’s failure will not “affect our ability to gather, but we need to carefully study the reasons why some of our voters did not go out to vote”.
In her speech on Sunday, Marina Le Pen should call her supporters around the party’s core themes (such as immigration) to win their support before the presidential election.
According to all public opinion polls, Le Pen entered the second round and is expected to lose to the current President Emmanuel Macron in 2017.
On Saturday, several left-wing organizations protested against far-right parties in Perpignan.