Niece of presidential candidate to back rival — Analysis

Marion Marechal, a former MP and niece of Marine Le Pen, hinted at backing Eric Zemmour for president

Chatting with Le Parisien on Thursday night, Marion Marechal, a former MP for the far-right Nationwide Rally (‘Rassemblement nationwide’) celebration, stated she wouldn’t be backing her aunt, Marine Le Pen, as she runs for president in April. 

Marechal, a darling of the far proper who grew to become the nation’s youngest MP on the age of twenty-two again in 2012, urged that polemicist-cum-politician Éric Zemmour could obtain her backing. 

Supporting Zemmour, she stated, “it could not simply be a query of passing by and saying good day. It could imply returning to politics.” Marechal has not been an MP since 2018.  

“It’s a true life option to make, a call that weighs closely,” she added, noting that she would decide on pledging her assist inside a month. 

Talking on Friday, Marechal stated she could be returning to politics. “I used to be very glad to cease 5 years in the past, however now I wish to return to politics,” she instructed Le Figaro.  

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Le Pen, candidate of the Nationwide Rally celebration, stated she was disillusioned and confused by her niece’s transfer. 

“I’ve a particular story with Marion as a result of I raised her with my sister through the first years of her life, so clearly it’s brutal, it’s violent, it’s troublesome for me,” she stated on Friday morning. 

“She [Maréchal] had indicated that she would assist whoever is greatest positioned. Unquestionably, I’m a lot better positioned right now than Eric Zemmour since I’m given within the second spherical,” she acknowledged, referencing ballot knowledge. 

Le Pen, who confronted off with President Emmanuel Macron within the second spherical of voting in 2017, is going through stiff competitors from different right-wing candidates, together with Zemmour.

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