Not being head of the list, the Prime Minister initially refused to confront the boss of the RN on a television set. Gabriel Attal only said he was “ready” to confront the leader of the RN deputies, Marine Le Pen, on the grounds that his group is the most important of the oppositions.

Finally, the debate between the head of government and the head of the National Rally list for the European elections, Jordan Bardella, will take place. It will be held on May 23 from 8:15 p.m. on France 2. “It will be hosted by journalist Caroline Roux,” said the public television group.

The head of Renaissance’s list, Valérie Hayer, is struggling in the polls (15% in the latest Toluna-Harris Interactive survey published Tuesday May 7, against 31% for Jordan Bardella), closely followed by the PS-Place publique candidate, Raphaël Glucksmann (14%), which pushed Emmanuel Macron to ask his Prime Minister to get involved “as much as possible” in the European campaign.

Gabriel Attal is due to speak before Valérie Hayer at a Renaissance meeting organized on Tuesday May 7 at the Mutualité in Paris.