“We are at a crossroads”, believes Nadia El Okki, Renaissance candidate in the legislative elections in the 4th constituency of Gard

“We are at a crossroads”, believes Nadia El Okki, Renaissance candidate in the legislative elections in the 4th constituency of Gard
“We are at a crossroads”, believes Nadia El Okki, Renaissance candidate in the legislative elections in the 4th constituency of Gard

The Cévennes candidate “prefers to choose the path of reason” and “thinks that we must give this “center pole” one last chance”. Encounter.

On the evening of the European elections, did you see the dissolution coming?

No way. We all remained questioning and, quickly, I projected myself into the future, wondering what the new National Assembly would be. With many fears! Because I am convinced that there will be a before and an after July 7…

You are a local elected official but a candidate for the deputy for the first time. A tough decision to make?

I thought that Philippe Ribot was going to be a candidate like in 2022 and I told him that we, “Renaissance-Ensemble”, would support him. But, as the municipal elections approached, he preferred to stay with the Saint-Privadens. Then, I was quickly asked. I thought about it because this is not a decision to take lightly. The challenge is immense. We know where we are; with two extreme poles. We are at the crossroads. The two men, Jordan Bardella and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, scare me. Being a candidate is going to be difficult, but I’m doing this as an act of resistance. The French have a choice to make, which is enormous. But here we are because there have been thirty years of broken promises…

Isn’t it difficult to defend Emmanuel Macron’s record at the moment? To be heard?

Yes, it’s hard to make yourself heard, and difficult to tell citizens to vote for us again. I think we need to give this “center pole” one last chance. And if it is given to Gabriel Attal, he will have no choice but to succeed.

Does being a local elected official (in Saint-Martin-de-Valgégales, Editor’s note) help you during this electoral campaign?

I don’t think it matters; it’s easy to see what’s going on around you. I think this election is national. That said, with my replacement Philippe Masson, who is a doctor in Pont-Saint-Esprit, we know the difficulties of the inhabitants of the constituency. I’m not chasing a mandate; If I’m not satisfied, I won’t stay. Purchasing power and security are the most important topics. I will fight for what I see around me every day.

What are the values ​​that you defend, that you carry?

Doing politics today is not easy. I repeat, I defend the values ​​of well-being for citizens. It’s the minimum ! Being able to heat yourself, for example. And security. It’s not normal to be afraid when you walk down the street. And I don’t think France will do better with the program of Jean-Luc Mélenchon or Jordan Bardella. Not only will they not be able to keep their promises, but there will be a climate in the country where people will be against each other.

In 2022, Philippe Ribot was soundly beaten (in the first round with 21.58%). Clearly, what do you expect from this election?

In life, when we do something, it is to succeed. I remain in the idea that, whatever happens, I will be able to say that I resisted. But I obviously hope to be in the second round, and I hope for a Republican front as well as a boost from all the elected officials in the constituency who could position themselves against the extremes. Yes, there are difficulties in France, but I prefer to choose the path of reason.

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