the city of Pas-de-Calais more than ever courted before the Europeans

the city of Pas-de-Calais more than ever courted before the Europeans
the city of Pas-de-Calais more than ever courted before the Europeans

As the European elections on June 9 draw closer, Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen respond in a meeting, organized in Hénin-Beaumont on May 24, 2024. To show that the commune of Pas-de-Calais, considered like the stronghold of the RN, is far from being acquired by it, opposition associations and elected officials are organizing a feminist counter-meeting, at 6 p.m., in the same town.

A symbolic duo which had not resurfaced for a long time in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. This May 24, 2024 at 7 p.m., Jordan Bardella, head of the National Rally (RN) list for the European elections, is organizing a meeting in Hénin-Beaumont, a commune in Pas-de-Calais considered to be the party’s stronghold for nearly ten years. years.

For this last meeting in the region, the new leader of the party will be accompanied by Marine Le Pen, who still enjoys great influence in the mining basin, an area still loyal to the “old” RN. For two hours, the two leading figures of the far right will speak in front of an already won over audience, made up of municipal elected officials and deputies from Nord-Pas-de-Calais, in order to discuss their European program.

Audience conquered… And not city conquered. In any case, this is the nuance that the opposition wishes to bring, by organizing a feminist meeting parallel to that of Jordan Bardella, from 6 p.m., also Hénin-Beaumont.

In addition to environmental municipal elected officials, several socialist candidates from the “Wake up Europe” list will attend this feminist “counter-meeting”. Because on the PS side, this Friday is also an electoral campaign day: the northern candidates from Raphaël Glucksmann’s list organized a press conference in Lille this Friday.

After this first speech, Sarah Kerrich-Bernard in particular, candidate Awaken Europe and regional advisor for Hauts-de-France, will go to Hénin-Beaumont this evening. For her, this meeting is an opportunity to show that opposition is still throbbing in Artois: “our elected officials at the town hall of Hénin are fed up that at each election, people come to see them saying that the town is the bastion of the RN. The opposition is muzzled. Even for the locals it’s not very pleasant to feel like that’s all there is to it..”

For the local socialist elected officials, this meeting is organized by Jordan Bardella to maintain a myth, which is in reality nothing more than a smokescreen polished by Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin-Beaumont, and the RN elected officials of the region. . “Two streets away, the town of Courrières is still predominantly socialist. Hénin is an exceptional situation, where nothing is yet lost.”

The RN has the impression of playing at home by coming with Marine Le Pen. But this commune is not conquered territory. The other parties do not give up and remain determined.

Marine Tondelier, elected ecologist at the town hall of Hénin-Beaumont

Comments supported by Marine Tondelier, municipal environmentalist elected at the town hall of Hénin-Beaumont, who co-organized the feminist meeting this Friday: “The RN has the impression of playing at home by coming with Marine Le Pen. But this commune is not conquered territory. The other parties do not give up and remain determined.

An opinion that Caroline Parmentier, RN deputy for Pas-de-Calais, obviously does not share, for whom the arrival of 3,000 sympathizers this evening speaks for itself: “The Mining Basin has trusted Marine for a long time (Le Pen, Editor’s note) and reciprocally.

Informed of the feminist meeting, organized a stone’s throw from that of the RN, Place Wagon, the MP indicated that she was “serene“, feigning ignorance about the pro-life accusations made against them by opposition elected officials and opposing candidates.

The majority of RN elected officials in the French Parliament voted for the integration of abortion into the Constitution. So let them worry about Pas-de-Calais and purchasing power or inflation rather than our position on abortion, on which we have always been very clear!“The elected departmental representative does not wish to comment further on the holding of this meeting which is the opposite of theirs.”I focus on ours“, she says, incisively on the other side of the phone, before asserting: “All I think is that our room will be extremely full, and that theirs will be a little pitiful.

So let them worry about Pas-de-Calais and purchasing power or inflation rather than our position on abortion, on which we have always been very clear!

Caroline Parmentier, RN deputy for Pas-de-Calais

This Friday’s counter-meeting was prepared by the association “Ma Voix Mon Choix”, a feminist association which campaigns for the unconditional right to abortion in Europe, supported by activist Alice Coffin. In this final stretch before June 9, the subject of abortion is particularly scrutinized and is at the heart of the debates, in a Europe where the extreme right is gaining ground, and with it, more and more dangers for access to abortion.

It is with this aim that the Hénin-Beaumont counter-meeting was organized, “to put up a barrier to Bardella, Marine Le Pen and a party against the right to abortion“, summarizes Sarah Kerrich-Bernard. “Even if in France the party has calmed down a little, in the European Parliament, it remains allied with large anti-abortion groups.

Sarah Kerrich-Bernard

Even if in France the party has calmed down a little, in the European Parliament, it remains allied with large anti-abortion groups.

Sarah Kerrich-Bernard, socialist candidate for the Europeans

For the socialist candidate, just as for Marine Tondelier – who does not mince her words concerning this political opponent at the top of the polls – the RN tries to hide its real intentions. “Bardella, likes to play the ideal son-in-law“, comments the leader of environmentalists. “But its allies still pushed back European law in several countries. Our meeting to defend women’s rights seeks to show that the RN can say what it wants, we are not fools.

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