Monday, March 20, 2017
Presidential: The Televised Debate Opens With Criticisms Against TF1
The first televised debate between the main presidential candidates opened Monday night with the professions of faith of the five rivals, but also criticism targeting the TF1 organizer.
For this new step key and the probable real kick-off of the campaign to five weeks of the first round, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Emmanuel Macron, Benoît Hamon and François Fillon opened the debate shortly after 21H00 in the " Circular arena of the tray of the first chain.
In the introduction, the candidates were asked to answer in 1 minute 30 the classic question "Which president do you want to be?".
But Francois Fillon designated the first speaker by drawing lots, began his remarks criticizing the organization of a debate without the other six "small candidates", less well placed in the polls.
"There are eleven candidates in the presidential election, there are five here, it's a democratic question. I know polls have great virtue for commentators, but with that rule, I could not have participated in The primary of the right and center, "stressed the candidate Les Républicains.
Emmanuel Macron said, "share the comments that were made for the other candidates absent from this debate" when Marine Le Pen considered that TF1, which diffused the debate with LCI, "could be honored" by organizing a debate "in the Same conditions "with the other six candidates.
"I want to be the president of the national recovery", launched in his presentation Mr. Fillon, "who will liberate the French from the bureaucracy", "of the excess of regulation, of taxes which prevents them to go to the end of Their dreams "and" which will place France on a path that will lead it in less than ten years to be the first European power ".
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the candidate of France, would be the "last president of the Fifth Republic", promising that the "end of the presidential monarchy" will lead to the Sixth Republic.
Former Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron wishes to carry "a project of profound alternation with new faces, new uses, a project that has confidence in the country, in its energy, with a new face".
As for the candidate of the National Front Marine Le Pen, who had the first pass of arms with M. Mélenchon after twenty minutes, she wants "to be the president of the French Republic, but really", refusing to "administer what Would have become a vague region of the European Union ".
Benoît Hamon preferred to question entry: "What people want us to be the 7th of May in the evening?" He would be "an honest and fair president", "independent of money and lobbies".
- millions of undecided -
Forty-three years after the first televised debate in the second round between Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and François Mitterrand, this is the first time a debate has confronted candidates before the first round of a presidential election.
Two other debates are scheduled for April 23, one on BFMTV and CNews on 4 April, the other on France 2 on 20 April, which enshrines television as a key electoral forum, after four televised clashes The right and the left.
With only 66% of the French certain to go to vote, according to a Cevipof survey, one of the main stakes for the candidates is to convince some 15 million undecided or possible abstentionists.
"Which model of society?", "Which economic model?" And "what place for France in the world?" Are the three themes around which the five candidates will debate during more than 02h30, arranged in a circle to promote confrontations.
This format is disputed because it excludes the other six candidates validated by the Constitutional Council Friday: Trotskyists Philippe Poutou (NPA) and Nathalie Arthaud (Lutte Ouvrière), the sovereignists Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Debout France) and François Asselineau UPR), the centrist Jean Lassalle and the unclassifiable veteran Jacques Cheminade.