Raphaël Arnault counterattacks and rejects all violence

Raphaël Arnault counterattacks and rejects all violence
Raphaël Arnault counterattacks and rejects all violence

Since Thursday evening and the probable announcement of its parachuting on the 1time constituency (Avignon, Morières, Le Pontet), the divisive profile of Raphaël Arnault as candidate of the New Popular Front was mainly debated locally. A large part of the local left dissociates itself from this choice made by rebellious France, preferring Philippe Pascal.

But since Monday evening, the name of the spokesperson for the Young Guard has been thrown into the mix in a number of national articles, where we are surprised at best by the surprising choices of investiture. Blessed bread for his Macronist or RN adversaries. A bad buzz which required clarification in the form of a counter-attack. Alongside his deputy Mathilde Millat, from the NPA, also from Lyon – they had been candidates two years ago in the legislative elections in the Rhône – Raphaël Arnault held an emergency press point on Tuesday at the end of the day in Avignon. “ A large number of media outlets have taken up the nauseating and misleading themes of far-right circles, without any verification, and violently smearing me », asks the candidate – never convicted by the courts – in front of BFM TV or RTL.

Is it on file S, as several colleagues have suggested? “ If this is the case, I was not aware of it but there is no reason why I should be, we know that many political opponents, environmental or trade union activists, are on file S », replies the person concerned, who warns of any legal proceedings in the event of “ misleading articles “. Assuring that he is already in the campaign “ in the field meeting social and associative actors », Raphaël Arnault insists above all on the fact that violence is in the DNA of the extreme right. “ Who, here, attacked the mayor of Péage de Roussillon ? Why doesn’t anyone say that in 7e circo du Var, the RN deputy candidate [Frédéric Boccaletti] was convicted of violence ? The RN is the only party to have links with three attacks committed on the territory », he says.

The left-wing candidate thus hopes to end the controversy and concentrate on the themes of the program while filling a deficit in local notoriety. Even if, reluctantly, he is in the process of acquiring one.

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