VIDEO – European elections: “Dear Colombe…” When the RN vote of a Perpignan resident becomes a national issue

VIDEO – European elections: “Dear Colombe…” When the RN vote of a Perpignan resident becomes a national issue
VIDEO – European elections: “Dear Colombe…” When the RN vote of a Perpignan resident becomes a national issue

Symbol of the RN vote of the working classes, Colombe, a Perpignan resident, is at the center of political attention of the moment.

The video shot by TF1/LCI journalist Paul Larrouturou has had millions of views since Wednesday. The subject of the video? Colombe, a Perpignan resident coming to attend the meeting of Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen, this Wednesday, May 1 in Perpignan.

Colombe, with tears in his eyes, explains the reasons for his vote for the RN. “I’m in the RSA. We’re having a hard time living. We all vote RN here. We’re all angry,” explained the sixty-year-old. “We can’t pay the bills, we have the bailiffs, we are threatened with everything,” said this unemployed integration advisor, volunteer at the Restos du Cœur de la gare, Torreilles and Saint-Assiscle. A woman with a big heart who should, traditionally, vote to the left.

Meet the RN activists who come to listen to Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen in Perpignan.
Suddenly, Colombes, 60, burst into tears: “We are in a crazy world. I’m in the RSA. We’re having a hard time living. We’re all voting for RN here. We’re all angry.”
Report to follow on @TF1Info pic.twitter.com/Lp8D2Vdvwx

— Paul Larrouturou (@PaulLarrouturou) https://twitter.com/PaulLarrouturou/status/1785648403210182758?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

In a few hours, thanks to the virality of social networks, Colombe has become the symbol of the working class vote for the RN. This vote that the left captured effortlessly until the 90s but to which it no longer knows how to speak and which has naturally turned away from it.

“The RN, forger of the social question”

It is also on social networks that Léon Deffontaines, head of the communist list in the European elections, decided to address Colombes, placing the Perpignanaise at the center of the political game of the moment. “I decided to write to her to begin a dialogue with her. To demonstrate to her that Mr. Bardella and the RN are forgers of the social question and that the left that I represent hears her legitimate anger and wants to respond to it.”

Colombe’s words struck me.
I decided to write to her to start a dialogue with her. To demonstrate to him that Mr. Bardella and the RN are forgers of the social question and that the left that I represent hears his legitimate anger and wants to respond to it. pic.twitter.com/k8lzzCBpPF

— Léon Deffontaines (@L_Deffontaines) https://twitter.com/L_Deffontaines/status/1786092598706544689?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

“Dear Colombe, I was very touched by your testimony, noble and moving, emblematic of the distress which affects millions of women and men in our country”, he wrote in a very long open letter to Colombe but, through it, to all those who struggle on a daily basis.

“Your words never leave me. To tell you the truth, they haunt me. They sound a reminder of a collective failure, which has forgotten and despised you.”

“Do not despise but hear all the Doves in the country”

And the communist candidate denounced the “counterfeiters” of the RN. “What I want, dear Colombe, is to convince you that the National Rally to which you have turned is not the remedy for the terrible ills that affect you. It is, on the contrary, a forger of the social question” . And the candidate lists these votes of the RN deputies “hand in hand with the presidential majority: “They voted against the increase in the minimum wage, against the indexation of salaries to inflation, against the freezing of prices, against the freezing of rents, against the reestablishment of the ISF and against a law to combat medical deserts”.

Another left-wing man from Amiens also reacted to Colombe’s comments. François Ruffin also spoke to Colombe. “All the Colombes of the country, we must not despise them, but hear them, understand them. And that tomorrow, they place their hope and their ballot with us, on the left”, wrote on X the deputy of La France Insoumise.

All the Doves of the country, we must not despise them, but hear them, understand them. And that tomorrow, they place their hope and their ballot with us, on the left.

How many Doves have I met on the Somme front and elsewhere? Dozens, hundreds,… https://t.co/xeVPwl0fJl

— François Ruffin (@Francois_Ruffin) https://twitter.com/Francois_Ruffin/status/1786072576453701961?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

“There is never any fatality”

In a very long post, one of the leaders of LFI adds that “there is never inevitability in history”, “we must win back minds and hearts”.

“Where Marine Le Pen scored 70% in the presidential elections, it was we who returned the scores in the legislative elections, 70% against her RN candidate, crushed, swept away,” he adds. He did not mention the results in the Pyrénées-Orientales, since the four deputies of the department all come from the National Rally.

Proof that it will take more than incantations on social networks to win back Colombe and those she now symbolizes… And all the more so since Marine Le Pen and the RN do not intend to let go of “the” Colombes that they have , like the left in its time, conquered without effort.

When certain days the political battle seems difficult to us, we just need to think of Colombe. She will always remind us what and who we are fighting for.

— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) https://twitter.com/MLP_officiel/status/1785944027340169715?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The former president of the FN and then the RN also made a tweet. “When certain days the political battle seems difficult to us, it will be enough to think of Colombe. She will always remind us of what and for whom we are fighting.”

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