Presidency of the RN: at the fair of Châlons, Bardella in the heart of the countryside

Presidency of the RN: at the fair of Châlons, Bardella in the heart of the countryside

Candidate for Rally National boss Jordan Bardella strolled on conquered ground in the bays of “France‘s second largest fair” in Châlons-en-Champagne on Saturday, an opportunity for the young city slicker to take the issue of “rurality” to his opponent Louis Aliot.

In the capital Marne, the one who is already interim president of the Lepenist party wanted to flex his muscles: the five deputies and the RN regional advisers from Grand-Est went to welcome him.

In the race to succeed Marine Le Pen, the MEP can indeed boast broad support from senior executives, almost three quarters of whom have pledged their sponsorship, although it will be the current MEP contribution that will decide the match against Louis alot.

And in these countries of the Grand-Est, “where the RN achieves significant results”, making promises for whoever grew up in Seine-Saint-Denis and celebrates his 27th birthday next week is a question that the rural world faces to the mayor of Perpignan, who is said to be more provincial.

As he serves him a glass of Gevrey-Chambertin, Guy Casiez, wine representative who has been present at the Foire de Châlons “for more than 40 years”, assures him: “He’s not bad, Aliot, he’s the mayor of Perpignan, he was a marine Companion… But hey, the future is you…”.

Because the specialist in Burgundy wines, who regrets “no longer having a daughter to marry because I would have been proud that it would have been with a man who is like you”, says Jordan Bardella “the truth, he likes French women, the French women, France“.

Better: “He’s got great diction, he’s got great culture, he knows what he’s talking about,” and also “one day he’ll be president… but not now, huh.”

Mezzovoce, the field worker, challenges the rising boss of France‘s far-right: “There’s still time to clean up France… Be careful, I’m not racist: I’ve finished all of Africa!”. Bardella, moderately satisfied in front of the cameras: “Yes, and knowing that they are not risking anything…”

– “An Extra Soul” –

Three grandstands down, after an interview with local officials from the FNSEA, the candidate makes a long stop at the stand of Rural Coordination, the second farming union that claims to be “apolitical” and challenges the very right-wing label it’s hanging on often remembered. Their leaders gave no voting instructions in the second round of the presidential elections when the other organizations called for Marine Le Pen to be blocked.

“There is a cultural exception, there should be an exception in agriculture,” argues Jordan Bardella. performance of the farmers, who “would be very happy to discuss this with your new deputies”.

Among them Laurent Jacobelli, a fervent advocate of the “Bardella method”.

“The idea is not to change a team that works: we saw an interim president of a party that supported us in the last election, with a device that worked well.”

“It needs continuity, with a structured, organized, dynamic figurehead,” continues the leader of the Lepenist group in the regional council, who also believes that “people will also join the party because the leader is charismatic, that he has an additional has soul”.

Already having an impact on membership, “perhaps up 20% in the last few days,” according to another MP.

Jordan Bardella, who is considered a big favorite in the internal vote – including among Louis Aliot’s supporters – wants above all to achieve a “sufficiently clear, unchallengeable” result. Some expect “at least 70 percent” to have “a calm, relaxed presidency,” hopes one MP.

Vice President of the RN and Mayor of Perpignan Louis Aliot in Baixas, in the Pyrénées-Orientales, on August 27, 2022 (AFP/Archives – Raymond ROIG)

At the same time, Louis Aliot held a meeting in Marseille ahead of a new meeting in Isère on Sunday, when Jordan Bardella is due to travel to Alsace on Wednesday.

For her part, Marine Le Pen wants to remain “neutral”. And continuing to play her own score: she must launch her political comeback in her Pas de Calaisian lands Hénin-Beaumont on Sunday midday when her far-right rival Eric Zemmour has to graduate from his party’s Reconquest summer schools! in the south.


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