with three elected officials, Sébastien Chenu believes that the National Rally has put “one foot in the door”

The National Rally has returned to the Senate since Sunday September 24. Absent from the Luxembourg Palace after the departure of Stéphane Ravier to Reconquête, Marine Le Pen’s party managed to win three seats during the last elections.



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Sébastien Chenu, vice-president of the National Rally at the National Assembly, July 11, 2023. (GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

Only three seats, but the RN claims victory after the senatorial elections on Sunday September 24. Marine Le Pen’s party therefore sees two elected officials entering the Senate in Hauts-de-France and one in Seine-et-Marne. And he intends to gain even more places in this assembly, which will renew its other half in three years.

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PFor Sébastien Chenu, vice-president of the national gathering at the National Assembly, this is a sign that his party is taking root in parliament: “The voters wanted to send opponents to Emmanuel Macron, real opponents, while overall in the Senate, right and left have all voted one day or another Emmanuel Macron. The Senate is renewed twice, we hope that during the next renewal, we will be able to bring in even more to form a group. We have to get our foot in the door!”, assures the deputy from the North.

“There are clearly divisions that have been broken”

One of the three newcomers intends to make himself heard in the hemicycle, Christopher Szczurek, 38 years old, the first deputy mayor of Hénin-Beaumont in Pas-de-Calais (stronghold of Marine le Pen), ensures that the RN is making progress among elected officials.

“Our hard core, that is to say the major voters registered with the RN in the department of Pas-de-Calais, that must be 140 votes, estimated Christopher Szczurek. Assuming that I have 557 votes, these necessarily come from elsewhere. They are no longer held by the local barons, they no longer consider themselves held by the great political groups. We have mayors who are much freer in their choice than before. There are clearly divisions that have been broken down.”

But campaigning on the anger of mayors will not be enough to overthrow the traditional parties. LR and PS remain, for the moment, the favorites of the voters.

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