Marine Le Pen’s National Socialism is a powerful political mix

What you hear loudly in the street is the ruthless hatred towards Macron within this large amorphous social stratum known as yellow vestsor among those who wince at his arrogance and smugness.

Part of the 20% of Corbynist votes for Jean-Luc Mélenchon will revolve around Le Pen during the second round on April 24. What is less clear is how much of the bourgeois intellectual left or green youth movement will abstain rather than vote for the man again. who tricked them in 2017 with a fake flyer.

They thought he was at least on the left. But as two journalists from Le Monde said ferociously in Le Traiteur et l’Abîme, the Socialist Party was only its springboard to power.

Le Pen has made his party a statist, anti-globalist, defender of the French Model since taking power in 2011. He had to “walk on two legs”, she said. He could never gain power on an anti-immigration ticket alone.

It was his way of detoxifying (demonize) the brand, accompanied by a purge of anti-Semites and Vichy nostalgics from the original National Front.

Host Eric Zemmour made his job easier by seizing the ideological fringes of the far right, even to the point of rehabilitating Marshal Pétain, a strange button to press for a Jew of Algerian origin. Zemmour made her respectable.

Le Pen stubbornly stuck to her bread-and-butter script, resisting the urge to wage a culture war even when part of her base seemed to be drifting away and the press wrote her off.

The Institut Montaigne estimates that its economic plan would cost 105 billion euros net per year. This is obviously untenable for a country that already has Club Med levels of public debt and a structural budget deficit that is almost the highest in the OECD. But austerity is out of fashion. The pandemic reflex of “whatever it takes” has made it difficult to close the floodgates.

Macron himself has boosted the economy with 50 billion euros or more in electoral subsidies. It capped electricity price increases at 4%, for rich and poor alike, at a high cost to the French state. This is a subsidy for energy consumption, obliterating the price signal while the imperative is to limit energy waste.

Yet it is Le Pen who benefits the most from the cost-of-living shock. It is paradoxical that she is the beneficiary of an upheaval caused in part by the invasion of Ukraine, given her ties to Vladimir Putin. But unlike Zemmour or Donald Trump, she quickly understood the dangers of this association. She supported the open door policy for Ukrainian refugees.