Bordeaux, France – June 1, 2024: In the final days before the European Parliament elections, Marion Maréchal has capitalized on recent national tragedies and crimes to bolster her political platform.

A high-profile visit to the overcrowded Bordeaux-Gradignan prison facility following the violent escape of drug kingpin Mohamed Amra has positioned her as a champion of law and order.

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This move, recorded and shared widely on social media, has stirred both support and criticism. Maréchal, known for her far-right stances, was seen engaging with prison officers and condemning the state’s failure to maintain order.

Her social media accounts on X, Facebook, and Instagram featured photos of her visit, portraying her as empathetic to the plight of law enforcement. Supporters hailed her actions as genuine, while opponents viewed them as political opportunism.

Throughout her campaign, Maréchal has consistently highlighted crimes involving foreign-born suspects, linking them to broader themes of immigration and national security.

She referenced the March 22 attack on a Moscow concert hall by the Islamic State and commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Madrid train bombings, emphasizing the nationality of the perpetrators.

Her rhetoric has resonated strongly with right-wing and far-right voters, who see immigration as a significant threat to French and European stability.

Following the recent prison van attack in Normandy, Maréchal declared on X, “France is becoming a narco-state. I urgently call for exceptional anti-mafia laws to punish these criminals, eradicate trafficking, and stop immigration.”

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Maréchal’s platform extends beyond national issues, tapping into broader European anxieties. She has vowed to fortify borders to curb migration and to enshrine “Europe’s Greek, Latin, and Christian roots in EU treaties.

This narrative of a “clash of civilizations” aligns with the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, which posits that European populations are being systematically replaced by non-European immigrants.

During a May 13 press conference, Maréchal emphasized the Reconquest party’s commitment to fighting what she termed the “Islamification of Europe.

Her campaign has included vocal opposition to Ramadan decorations in Frankfurt, criticism of a Koranic school in Château-Chinon, and accusations against certain conservative politicians of being “Islamo-rightist.”

The Reconquest party, founded in 2021 by far-right pundit Éric Zemmour, enjoys the support of 6 to 8 percent of voters, according to recent polls.

The party advocates for stringent immigration controls, including a proposed “triple border” system to prevent unauthorized entry into Europe and a naval blockade in the Mediterranean.

Despite its anti-EU rhetoric, the Reconquest party seeks cooperation among European states to shift the European Parliament towards the right.

Zemmour has sharply criticized EU centralization efforts, particularly targeting EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, whom he insists should remain subordinate to national leaders.

Maréchal’s campaign also targets societal issues, promising to ban the “promotion of woke ideology in Europe and to cut funding for “militant LGBT associations.”

As the June 6-9 European Parliament elections approach, Maréchal’s strategic use of recent tragedies and her strong stance on immigration and national identity continue to galvanize her base while drawing sharp rebuke from her detractors.

 

This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

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