“If the RN wins, I will be a little less proud to be French” admits Catia, Franco-Italian

“If the RN wins, I will be a little less proud to be French” admits Catia, Franco-Italian
“If the RN wins, I will be a little less proud to be French” admits Catia, Franco-Italian
  • On Sunday evening, if it continues its momentum from the first round of the legislative elections, the National Rally will take the keys to power and send Jordan Bardella to Matignon. This would open a new and worrying page in our contemporary history. What would this France governed by the RN look like? To find out, we give the floor to the people who make it, this France. To women, men, young people and the not so young for whom this possible political turning point could also mark a turning point in their lives.

“I am Italian and I will remain so,” sang Claude Barzotti. For Catia Bonassin, a dual national born in Lyon in 1971 but who has crossed the Alps for almost thirty years, it is more like “I am French and I will remain so,” she hums. But on the eve of a historic election that could see France fall under the flag of the extreme right, the Turin native is worried about her native country: “France is my country. I love France like you love a member of your family. I am very proud of its culture, its values… And I might be a little less proud if the National Rally wins,” admits the native of the Rhône.

“At that time, the social elevator worked very well”

Catia’s family history began in the Boot, as she likes to tell it. “My mother was born in Italy, a country defeated during the Second World War. She chose to come to France with members of her family. My father is different: he was born in Istria, a region of Croatia that was Italian under fascism. My grandfather was an anti-fascist who was imprisoned, and two of his aunts who were resistance fighters were deported to Auschwitz. It was after the war that my father decided to move to Belgium, then to the Lyon region.”

It was in the capital of Gaul that the Franco-Italian would complete her entire schooling. “In primary school, we were all sons and daughters of immigrants, all the children and parents hung out with each other. I experienced a childhood and adolescence marked by the social and cultural advantages of France at the time. The social ladder worked very well.”

In 2002, first slap

Very quickly, Catia became interested in politics, “I remember that in the 1980s, when I was a teenager, I heard about Jean-Marie Le Pen. He was starting to win votes, there was already a lot of concern… And then in 2002, it was a shock,” sighs the Lyonnaise.

A slap that would strike again in September 2022, when Italians gave their confidence to the center-right coalition led by Giorgia Meloni. “The extreme right is not new in the Italian political landscape, and the arrival of the coalition in the Italian government did not shock me,” admits the Franco-Italian. “Afterwards, I was afraid, and I was very worried about society and culture…”.

OUR FILE ON THE 2024 LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

Same feeling Sunday evening with his country of birth? “Am I afraid for France? I am afraid for Europe. Another nation that goes over to the side of identity, cultural and mental closure… Everything that is contrary to the values ​​of the European Union. This political change does not reassure me, but I want to remain optimistic…”

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