In Nantes, 4,000 people march against the far right

In Nantes, 4,000 people march against the far right
In Nantes, 4,000 people march against the far right

Around 4,000 people marched peacefully this Saturday in Nantes against the far right, a procession supervised by a strong police escort.

Some 4,000 people marched peacefully in Nantes on Saturday against the far right, a procession supervised by a strong police escort, according to AFP journalists on site. From the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, passing through the prefecture, the demonstrators brandished signs with inventive slogans, such as “Go green and against the reactionaries” or even “Summer will be hot without the fascists”. The start of the procession brought together a few hundred people, notably women, under banners and feminist slogans.

“Far-right ideas threaten women’s rights”

“Extreme right ideas threaten women’s rights since a certain number of rights such as the right to abortion are clearly called into question,” Amélie De Schepper, teacher, member of the inter-union, told AFP. Women who called for demonstrations. For Magalie Maisonneuve, a 38-year-old home helper, a victory for the far right in the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7 means that “people are going to let go of racism, they are going to be totally uninhibited.” “And what I fear is for my little boy, for his future facial checks, for access to employment and housing,” she confides.

The procession then reached the Cours Franklin-Roosevelt, one of the main arteries of downtown Nantes, and divided in two, demonstrators dressed in black and hooded separating from the parade which returned to its starting point. No clashes took place, according to AFP correspondents on site. Contacted by AFP, the Loire-Atlantique prefecture confirmed that the number of participants had reached “4,000 at the height of the demonstration”.

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