Raphaël Glucksmann prevented from joining the procession in Saint-Étienne after paint was thrown

Raphaël Glucksmann prevented from joining the procession in Saint-Étienne after paint was thrown
Raphaël Glucksmann prevented from joining the procession in Saint-Étienne after paint was thrown

The head of the PS and Place publique list in the European elections, Raphaël Glucksmann, was prevented, Wednesday May 1, from joining the May 1 procession in Saint-Étienne after paint throwing and invective from a few dozen activists, observed a journalist.

Raphaël Glucksmann and his entourage were attacked by nearly fifty people as soon as they arrived to join the procession, being subjected to paint being thrown and shouts like “Glucksmann get out of there” Or “Palestine will live”. The head of the list, denouncing “around fifty crazy people”, some of whom belonged to LFI according to him, consequently gave up joining the demonstration. The planned post-parade exchange with activists was also canceled.

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“These people are not democrats. We see it in their violence”declared Raphaël Glucksmann shortly after the incident, saying to himself “sure there were flags of La France Insoumise” among the people who insulted him. “80% of tweets at La France insoumise are devoted to Raphaël Glucksmann and the PS-Place publique list. They have chosen their opponent »he added.


Insulted upon his arrival, even before joining the procession, Raphaël Glucksmann was subsequently pursued for several hundred meters by people also shouting “PS bastard”, ” Palestine will win “ Or “Saint-É is not yours”in reference to the nickname of Saint-Étienne.

The head of the list had stains of green paint on his forehead and red paint on his jacket, a journalist noted.

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Raphaël Glucksmann attributed these angry movements to ” frustration “. “It’s a reaction of frustration because the dynamic is with us”he estimated in reference to the polls favorable to the essayist in voting intentions in the European elections on June 9, the gap narrowing with the Renaissance candidate Valérie Hayer.

Six weeks before the election, with 14% of voting intentions (+ 2.5 in one month), Raphaël Glucksmann’s list is closer to that of the presidential majority led by Valérie Hayer, at 17% (- 1), according to a Cevipof-Ipsos-Institut Montaigne-Jean-Jaurès Foundation study for The world published Monday and covering 10,651 people.

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“It is rather the polls which frustrate the most radical elements”estimated Raphaël Glucksmann.

Referring to slogans about the conflict in Gaza, he also assured “not having stuttered to condemn Hamas” all in “fighting for the carnage in Gaza to stop”.

The leader of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, said “totally disapprove of the expulsion of Raphaël Glucksmann”. “All those who want to pledge allegiance to the workers’ struggle for their rights have their place on May 1st. We just have to move away from them if we don’t like them.”argued Jean-Luc Mélenchon on X. For the Insoumis, “this action provides a media diversion against May 1st and a victim role for Glucksmann who takes the opportunity to accuse us”.



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