Europe 1 with AFP 6:07 p.m., April 3, 2022

Falling below 10% in the polls, Valérie Pécresse presented herself on Sunday as the only right-wing candidate, in a meeting where she called on voters to "overturn the table" by the first round of the presidential election.

Falling below 10% in the polls, Valérie Pécresse presented herself on Sunday as the only right-wing candidate, in a meeting where she called on voters to "overturn the table" by the first round of the presidential election.

"The election is not played"

"We have one week left to convince, to overturn the table" and "next Sunday, we will lie to all those who explain that the election is over," said candidate LR, who had started this meeting of some 5,000 people. with a minute of silence in tribute to Ukraine.

For this last major Parisian meeting (another is scheduled for Lyon on Thursday), the LR candidate once again denounced the "cynical scenario" of Emmanuel Macron who "once again wants a face-to-face with the extremes to sure to win in the second round".

Presenting herself as the only legatee of the right against "forgers", she repeated that the president-candidate "does not carry a right-wing policy".

"Wash off the affront of the Zenith"

"I spend therefore I am, that's Emmanuel Macron's project," she quipped, listing in contrast his own "brave" reforms of debt reduction and retirement at 65.

As for the extremist candidates, described as "demagogues", they "would lead the country to disorder, impotence and bankruptcy", she warned, judging them also "discredited" for their past pro-Putin speeches .

Young people on stage, a succession of speakers before her, and above all a more personal tone: the meeting had been designed to "wash away the affront" from the Zenith, on February 13, which had earned it a deluge of criticism.

"You saw me stumble, get up, you discovered my resistance. I don't give up. This courage, I want to put it at your service", she launched, in this meeting where the name of Nicolas Sarkozy , a major absentee from the campaign, was briefly whistled before his arrival. 

Rolling out in front of a room reactivating her very firm program on immigration and order, the one who presents herself as "the real candidate for purchasing power" and wants to "return the money to the French" unveiled a new measure to introduce "VAT at 5.5% instead of 10% on public transport".

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