NANTERRE (PARIS) – The challenge is launched. Despite the war in Ukraine and two years of Covid that stifled the presidential campaign, one week after the vote Emmanuel Macron is in his fighting post and is calling his family to “general mobilization” today. He opened and concluded the electoral campaign in a single big rally, 35,000 people, government and première dame Brigitte in the front row, claiming what has been achieved in these five years of mandate and relaunching new ambitions until 2027. More Europe, more work, more prosperity for everyone: Macron gave a proud and vibrant speech, denying those who wanted him tired and afraid of Marine Le Pen’s comeback, now only 5 points behind him in the polls on the increasingly probable ballot.
The stands of the Défense Arena in Nanterre, a large sports hall and concert hall on the outskirts of Paris, are crowded with supporters not only with French flags but with many blue flags of Europe.