Members of the Reconquête! occasion of French far-right chief Éric Zemmour have joined the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group within the European Parliament in a bid to strengthen the right-wing camp after the EU elections in June.
With this transfer – Reconquête! MEP Nicolas Bay in addition to lead candidate Marion Maréchal formally joined the ECR membership in Parliament – the occasion desires to spice up its credentials in the French political enviornment, the place it was to date thought of an outsider. In accordance with the most recent polls, the occasion may get 5% of the French votes in June’s EU election, which might translate into a further six seats for ECR.
“[We want] extra weight given to the right-wing and conservatives in order that tomorrow we affect each the presidency of the Fee and the political course that might be pursued,” Maréchal advised a press convention within the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (7 February).
Reconquête! has to date introduced three official candidates for the EU elections, whereas projections award them six seats, together with the lead candidate Maréchal.
Based in 2022 by anti-immigration and anti-Islamic journalist and polemicist Éric Zemmour, the occasion has been asserting its ambition to create a “union of the precise”, bringing collectively the centre-right EPP, the conservative-nationalist ECR and the far-right ID teams.
Maréchal repeatedly stated she needs to convey down the von der Leyen Fee, stressing that June’s EU elections are an opportunity to vary the central axis of the Parliament.
Maréchal framed herself as a pure bridge between the totally different right-wing events within the Parliament and denounced “the unnatural majority between the centre-right group, the EPP, allied with Emmanuel Macron’s Renew group, in addition to the socialists, and even the greens.”
That majority is sometimes called a conventional ‘pro-European majority’ that has stored extremes on either side at bay.
Ought to the ECR achieve success in June’s elections, “a portion of the EPP would possibly rethink a few of its alliances to align extra carefully with the conservative proper and vote on texts collectively,” concluded Maréchal.
Far-right’s race for third place
ID is at present projected to be the third power within the European Parliament with 91 seats, adopted by the liberal centrist Renew Europe in fourth place, and ECR following swimsuit with 80, as Europe Elects’ projections for Euractiv reveal.
Nonetheless, ECR could leapfrog ID, significantly if they’re joined by Reconquête! and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz, as Orbán confirmed to the Italian press on 1 February, which might convey them one other 12 MEPs. That may push Renew Europe to fifth place.
ECR’s growth is prone to additional strengthen Fratelli d’Italia – the occasion of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The biggest occasion inside a political group normally holds key management positions, just like the group presidency, and will get a vice-presidency of the European Parliament.
Zemmour has constructed his recognition in France by creating polemics and distancing himself from Marine Le Pen’s Nationwide Rally in taking a a lot stronger stance on immigration and liberal economics. Zemmour has been discovered responsible of racism and racial hatred in court docket thrice since 2020.
In 2022, he urged ‘remigration’, or re-immigration, of individuals with double citizenship who’re seen as a possible risk to nationwide safety.
Maréchal, Marine Le Pen’s niece, joined Zemmour’s Reconquête! and was chosen because the lead candidate for the EU election. Reconquête! isn’t but affiliated with any European political occasion and has been eager for legitimisation to face out on the French and European political phases.
[Max Griera contributed to the reporting]
[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]
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