Presidential 2022: Zemmour and Pécresse try to revive each other for a debate

Valérie Pecresse and Éric Zemmour, two of the 12 candidates for the French presidential election of 2022. © Photos/Montage RFI

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They are in the pocket handkerchief in the polls and covet the same electorate.

Éric Zemmour and Valérie Pécresse face off in debate this Thursday at 8:20 p.m. on TF1 for the first time.

One month from the first round, neither is qualified for the second round, and both are in vital need to restart their campaign.


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In his life before, Éric Zemmour was on television every night.

And he has already faced Jean-Luc Mélenchon in front of the cameras.

Valérie Pécresse is therefore not the favorite, and after much hesitation, she decided to enter the ring.

But those around him are lucid, reports

Julien Chavanne

, from the political service.

She has nothing more to lose

 ," said a member of her campaign team.


Everyone expects her to blow herself up.

If she resists, she has already won

 , ”adds another support.

To weaken Éric Zemmour, Valérie Pécresse should play the "woman" card, facing a candidate accused of sexual assault by eight people.

The candidate of the Reconquête! party, for his part, is still trying to seduce the right-wing electorate, presenting Valérie Pécresse as the copy of Emmanuel Macron.

The two candidates are playing big: 31 days before the election, the slightest error counts triple.

In the latest Opinionway poll for

Les Echos

and Radio Classique, published this Thursday, candidate LR obtained 12% of voting intentions in the first round, a drop of five points in one month, against 11% for the Reconquest candidate! , far behind Emmanuel Macron (30%) and behind Marine Le Pen (18%).

A skid would handicap Éric Zemmour even more;

a bad performance would further weigh down Valérie Pécresse.

... © FMM Graphic Studio

Twelve candidates are in the running for the 2022 French presidential election. © FMM graphic studio


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  • Presidential France 2022

  • Eric Zemmour

  • Valerie Pécresse

  • French politics