we review eight statements made by the candidates during the “Elysée 2022” program

The last straight. Participating were Jean-Luc Mélenchon (La France insoumise), Marine Le Pen (National Group), Fabien Roussel (PCF), Jean Lassalle (Let’s Resist!), Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Stand Up France) and Nathalie Arthaud (Workers’ Struggle), Thursday, March 31, on the political program of France 2, “Elysée 2022”. Franceinfo has verified eight key statements from tonight.

1Is Nicolas Dupont-Aignan right when he says that 5,700 hospital beds were closed during the Covid-19 crisis? Real

“Emmanuel Macron still closed 5,700 hospital beds amid the Covid-19 crisis.”

Nicholas Dupont-Aignan

in “Elysee 2022”

The Debout la France candidate tells the truth for the year 2020. According to data from Drees, attached to the Ministry of Health, that year more than 5,700 full hospitalization beds were closed. this drop “a little steeper” what previous years can be explained “because of the context of the epidemic”According to the Ministry of Health, with “many double rooms converted into single rooms to limit contagion”.

twoIs Fabien Roussel right in claiming the support of the left radicals? Real

“There is also the MRC, the Left Radicals, the Republican and Socialist Left, the New Socialist Left. Parties that have chosen to join us during this campaign.”

Fabian Roussel

in “Elysee 2022”

By listing his supporters, the communist candidate is telling the truth. when he mentions “Left Radicals”, refers to the LRDG movement and not to the PRG (Radical Left Party) which announced three days ago that it would not give voting instructions in the presidential election. He had previously supported Christiane Taubira, when she was still in contention, before withdrawing from her, due to lack of sponsorship. “Given the chaos of the leftist division, the PRG will not give any voting instructions”, we can read in a press release dated March 28.

3Are there 9 million poor people in France and 300,000 homeless people, as Jean-Luc Mélenchon claims? Real

“In the country there are 9 million poor people. I can not stand”.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

in “Elysee 2022”

The candidate of La France insoumise actually gives the correct order of magnitude: in 2019 there were 9.2 million people living below the poverty line in our country, according to l’Insee.

“You see, 300,000 homeless people disgusts me, but really very deeply.”

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

in “Elysee 2022”

Here it is also true. In its 27th annual report sure “the state of precarious housing in France”published at the end of January, the Abbé-Pierre Foundation mentioned this figure of “300,000 homeless people”.

4Are 63% of sexual assaults the work of strangers, as Marine Le Pen claims? Fake

“93% of robberies without violence in transport in Ile-de-France are the work of foreigners, 63% of sexual assaults, 66% of robberies with violence”.

Marina LePen

in “Elysee 2022”

Marine Le Pen’s statement is not very clear: she mentions transport in Ile-de-France first, before appearing to generalize her point. The figures they cite are, in any case, taken froma study by the Ministry of the Interior in 2018, which only affects public transport and is not generalizable. It is also worth noting that outside Ile-de-France, the figure drops from 66% to 27%. In 91% of cases, sexual violence against women is committed by someone known to the victim, her spouse or ex-spouse in 47% of cases, according to government data.

5Will the next tenant of the Elysee be at the head of the European Union for six months, as Mélenchon suggests? Confused

“I tell them that if I am elected, I will replace Mr Macron as head of the European Union for six months, that is, half the time until July.”

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

in “Elysee 2022”

The LFI candidate tangles his brushes. The French presidency of the Conseil de l’Union européenne court jusqu’au 30 juin 2022. Le futur locataire de l’Elysée n’occupera donc ce post quelques semaines, they are mandated to debut officially on May 13 at the latest, after the passage of can.

6Is Marine Le Pen right in assuring that Emmanuel Macron is “against self-defense”? Real

“Emmanuel Macron said: ‘I am against self-defense.'”

Marina LePen

in “Elysee 2022”

This requires a bit of recontextualization. If the Head of State pronounced this sentence well during a trip to Charente-Maritime on Thursday, March 31, it was in reaction to news concerning the neighboring department of Charente: there, a peasant was accused of murder after shooting an individual who broke into his house, reports France 3.

Emmanuel Macron reacted considering that we were in a “Rule of law”. “Everyone must have security and it is the duty of public authorities to guarantee it.declared before the microphoneEurope 1. But I am opposed to self-defense. So that’s very clear and it’s intractable because otherwise it becomes the Wild West. And I do not want a country where weapons proliferate and where it is considered that it is up to the citizens to defend themselves”. In other words, the President of the Republic wants the French to trust the police to guarantee their safety.

7Is Jean-Luc Mélenchon right in stating that “140 billion of public money from the State, from local authorities, is delegated to cabinets” every year? Fake

“140 billion of public money from the State, local authorities, are delegated to cabinets [de conseil].”

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

in “Elysee 2022”

During her hearing, in January, before the Senate investigation commission on the growing influence of these consultancies in public policies, the Minister of Transformation and Public Function, Amélie de Montchalin, gave a completely different order of magnitude since she estimated that the Consulting costs amounted to 140 million – and not billions – of euros, in 2020.

On the other hand, according to the Senate report published in mid-March, “Spending on state consultancy in the broad sense exceeded one billion euros in 2021.” Although this costing of the consultancies is incomplete (the senators did not have access to all the requests made by the many agencies that depend on the ministries), we are obviously very far from the figure proposed by the LFI candidate.

8Is Nathalie Arthaud right in stating that Volodymyr Zelensky benefited from tax havens? Real

“He was also well known for his corruption and use of tax havens.”

Nathalie Arthaud

in “Elysee 2022”

Nathalie Arthaud attacked the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, assuring that before the war, he “He was also well known for his corruption and use of tax havens”. The former actor, elected head of Ukraine in 2019, was in fact part International leaders caught up in the Pandora Papers scandal in 2021. Volodymyr Zelensky had a stake in a shell company registered in the British Virgin Islands, a state located in the list of tax havens for France in 2020.

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