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Champagne and tears at Marine Le Pen – Presidential Election

At 8 p.m., the score falls, and a few whistles sound. “We gave everything, we towed Friday again until midnight”, explains Théo, regional delegate in Alsace of the RN. Tears flow down her cheeks. At his side, his friend Pierre Antoine, as short and dark as the other is tall and blond, also has misty eyes. Alain, blue eyes, hides his face, very moved too. “I am disappointed for the French, who will suffer, disappointed for my children who will not have a good life”, explains this pensioner. “The fate of the ballot boxes wanted it otherwise”, explains the candidate, who immediately takes the floor and thanks those who trusted her.

Activists from all over France

Since the end of the afternoon, the Bois de Boulogne, where election night takes place, at the very chic Pavillon d’Armenonville, has been squared by the police. As in the first round, 500 journalists, including 100 technicians and as many guests, crowded there. At 6:55 p.m., Marine Le Pen arrives and goes to her dressing room, on the second floor, through a back door. Sébastien Chenu, Jean-Paul Garraud, Marie-Caroline Le Pen and other supporters of the candidate have already gone up to wait for her. Here, on the marble slabs and the gilding of the pavilion, French flags have been installed, and the activists clink glasses, a glass of champagne in their hands… with bottles stamped “Marine Présidente”. We say “serene”, that’s the watchword.

As during the first round, the men are in suits, sometimes in ties, the women are dressed and some have taken out the sequins! A sign of the times, the press, kept away in 2017, has been integrated into the system, within the very enclosure of the pavilion, and provided with meal trays. Activists from all over France – Annecy, Chambéry, Alsace, the Centre… – have a meal and tell each other “their” campaign just before their candidate speaks.

“The ideas we represent reach new heights”

“A great political composition is emerging. The ideas that we represent reach new heights (…) The result represents in itself a resounding victory”, explained the candidate in her brief speech. “Tonight we are launching the great electoral battle for the legislative elections. I will lead this battle alongside Jordan Bardella, with all those who had the courage to oppose Emmanuel Macron in the second round, with all those who have France pegged to the body, ”she added. “I will continue my commitment to France and the French,” promised the candidate of the National Rally. At least until the legislative elections.

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