“Defeatism does not exist on the ground. (…) We are here, we are there, we have been in strong momentum since 2017”, said all smiles, from Rouvroy, in his stronghold of Pas-de- Calais, the presidential finalist, who struggled to be heard during the campaign against the Nupes-Ensemble! duel.

The National Rally gathered 18.68% of the vote in the first round, against 13.2% in 2017, but remains behind the left-wing coalition Nupes (25.66%) and the presidential majority Together! (25.75%).

The RN qualified in the second round in more than 200 constituencies, out of 577, and is in the lead in “108” of them, according to Ms. Le Pen. The RN is also present in five triangles.

“We are the only ones to be in reality in strong momentum since 2017, because between 2017 and today the left and the far left combined are in decline or stagnation, En Marche is in strong decline, LR is in capilotade and the National Rally is on the rise,” said the outgoing MP for Pas-de-Calais.

The far-right official said she hoped for the election in the second round of “dozens of deputies as long as our voters move”, while RN voters, working classes and young people in the lead, are more inclined to abstain.

She criticized the Nupes, a “cardboard opposition”, which is “in full maneuver with En Marche since the presidential election”, and whose leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon is according to her already “retired”.

The far-right leader also “wished” that the voters of Eric Zemmour’s party, Reconquest!, eliminated everywhere in the first round, vote for her movement. “If they want to have national deputies who defend France (…) they will find these deputies at the National Rally”.

By collecting 4,248,626 votes, the RN will also be able to count each year on at least 6.9 million euros of public money, since each vote won gives the right to 1.64 euros per year. A welcome windfall for a party in debt of more than 20 million euros.