François-Xavier Bellamy travels by way of agricultural land | EUROtoday

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François-Xavier Bellamy participates in a round table with farmers and local officials during a visit to the Ferme de la Recette in Echouboulains (Seine-et-Marne), alongside Céline Imart, cereal producer and number two on the list right-wing Les Républicains for the 2024 European elections, and party president Eric Ciotti, February 19, 2024.

Since the launch of his marketing campaign for the European elections on June 9, François-Xavier Bellamy has been working from farms to fishing ports. One day among the many competitors cows in Seine-et-Marne, one other on the public sale of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), with the sound of seagulls within the early morning, the top of the listing of the Les Républicains occasion (LR) gives a really land and sea menu. A seasonal affiliation as each sectors categorical their uneasiness and sometimes accuse Europe of being on the origin of their issues. “Fishermen and farmers are very concerned by what is decided in the European Parliament and know who does the work for them”says the 38-year-old candidate.

One method to assault Jordan Bardella. Since Sunday February 25, the 2 leaders of the listing have been roaming the Agricultural Show in Paris. But it’s the National Rally (RN) candidate who’s inflicting visitors jams within the aisles. Mr. Bellamy's entourage avoids comparisons and the selfie contest misplaced upfront towards the president of the RN. The LR candidate would favor to face him in a debate and even leaves him the selection “of the day, of the hour, of the channel”. “Bardella has built himself on the image of a guy who is very strong in debates, but we have the impression that he is trying to avoid them”breathes François-Xavier Bellamy.

For the fitting, the angle of assault is ideal. For 5 years, Jordan Bardella has been doing parliamentary tourism between Brussels and Strasbourg. His weak exercise as an MEP conjures up Céline Imart, quantity two on the Bellamy listing. “On the one hand, LR MEPs work and defend French farmers, and you have Bardella eating popcorn on TikTok [pour moquer son portrait dans « Complément d’enquête » sur France 2, le 19 janvier] and got a million views. In the European Parliament, Bardella is Vianney's song: “Not there, not there”quips the Tarn farmer, referred to as spokesperson for Intercéales, the cereals inter-professional affiliation in France.

A report to defend

In the polls, nevertheless, the RN candidate barely sees Les Républicains, round twenty factors behind him. Credited on common with 8%, the Bellamy listing runs the danger of seeing the French proper disappear from the European Parliament within the occasion of a end result beneath 5%. In current months, Eric Ciotti has sought to beat this election of all risks. “We are holding up effectively within the polls, constructive the president of LR. The French don’t but have the lead within the European elections and the vote will crystallize on the finish of the marketing campaign. »

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