Threats, intimidation, violence, the methods of certain RN delegates singled out in Montpellier polling stations

Threats, intimidation, violence, the methods of certain RN delegates singled out in Montpellier polling stations
Threats, intimidation, violence, the methods of certain RN delegates singled out in Montpellier polling stations

Serious incidents were noted in the Montpellier polling stations by left-wing delegates because of RN scrutineers. They were recorded in reports drawn up by representatives of the Constitutional Council and assessors.

“I’ve been working polling stations for over ten years and I’ve never seen anything like this. I couldn’t wait for the counting to be over.”. The day after the second round of the early legislative elections, Rachid El Mouden, president of polling station no. 139 in the 8th constituency of Hérault in Montpellier, still can’t believe it. Usually happy to take care of the elections “in a family polling station where couples come to vote with their children who laugh when they say ‘voted'”the politician, also an EELV departmental councilor, admits to having suffered “a heavy atmosphere for 12 hours.”

At the entrance to the office, a delegate from the National Rally said to people who came to vote: “Vote well, vote French!”

Rachid El fashion

Polling station president in Montpellier

At the entrance to the office, a delegate from the National Rally said to people who came to vote: vote well, vote French!”

This same delegate wanted to take a photo of the attendance book, which is strictly prohibited. “We had added proxies in red pen because they had arrived late at the town hall, which we had called to find out how to proceed. I think there is incompetence on their part regarding the electoral regulations, the incitement to vote as well, campaigning after Friday midnight, which is illegal… Then, Cédric Delapierre, the RN candidate came saying that he was a lawyer. He came back with two security agents. I told him that security in a polling station should be ensured by the municipal police. One of the security agents, in a suit and black tie, then stayed for the count with the RN delegate.”

Contacted, Cédric Delapierre denies any illegal behavior on the part of his delegates. He says he asked for explanations on the proxies that arrived late. He was indeed surrounded by two security agents, not for the polling station but “because he was threatened on the ground during the campaign.” One of the two remained for the counting on the evening of the second round.

A secretary was assaulted inside the polling station by a voter. “It happened in two stages. He only wanted to take one ballot paper, which is forbidden, and go into the voting booth with his wife. He grabbed the secretary, she had marks on her shoulder,” adds Rachid El Mouden. The scene took place in front of magistrates from the electoral commission. Minutes were drawn up by the president of the polling station and by the magistrates.

What also weighed on me was that people were questioning my good faith and that of the civil servants appointed by the town hall who behaved in an exemplary manner.

Rachid El Mouden, president of the voting office

EELV Hérault departmental advisor.

In an office in the Cévennes district and in the first constituency. A sort of Go with me for the RN delegates”and asking people wearing Muslim disguises to prevent them from voting,” has been reported.

The attitude of certain members of the National Rally reminds Rachid El Mouden of the militancy of the 70s and 80s.when we fought with iron bars”. An analysis and words shared by Aurélien Lopez-Ligurori, RN deputy elected in the 7th constituency of Hérault. He was spat on, his office was tagged, his ballots were snatched from his hands during the leafleting.

All this is a consequence of the controversies of the first round and the accusations of supposed ballot stuffing and irregularities denounced by Josyan Oliva, RN/Ciotti candidate of the 1st constituency of Hérault after the first round. Accusations that have not been substantiated or noted…

Political speech, like public life, has become brutalized. It’s the same in the National Assembly, explains Patrick Vignal (Renaissance MP defeated in the 9th constituency of Hérault). “Remember the reflections in the Chamber.”

Before, during poster campaigns, we could throw pots of glue at each other but it didn’t go any further.

Patrick Vignal

Former Renaissance MP for the 9th constituency of Hérault

“Today, France is uninhibited, and so is anger. When you have people in the National Assembly who come to blows and you have young people who are not politically structured, they say to themselves “we’re going to do the same.”

It is time to calm a debate that today, more than ever, has become polarized. To set an example. A good example.

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