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Jordan Bardella, president of the National Rally, visiting the Salon de l'agriculture, in Paris, February 25, 2024.

Like many colleagues, Bernard Lannes is an indignant cereal and poultry farmer. But the rationale for his wrath goes past the scenario of French agriculture alone. The former president of Rural Coordination (CR) – from 2010 to 2022 –, current on the creation, thirty years in the past, of this union hostile to the co-management of agriculture between the State and the National Federation of Unions of agricultural operators (FNSEA), denounces the drift of a “union losing its independent and apolitical specificity”. From the occasions of the Agricultural Show, adopted remotely from his farm in Gers, he solely remembers the disagreeable.

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The declarations to Figaroon February 25, by Emmanuel Macron, associating the group with the National Rally (RN), on the grounds that “local decision-makers from Rural Coordination are very officially involved in the National Gathering.” The lunch between the union management and Jordan Bardella – “In my time, we would never have done it, nor received with great fanfare Marine Le Pen or François Ruffin [député insoumis de la Somme] “. And the shift, according to him, of the internal balance of the union: “It is Lot-et-Garonne and its representatives who are taking control of the movement. We will really have to talk about it after all these posturings. »

In the crosshairs of the former boss of the CR, a man and his troops: Serge Bousquet-Cassagne, president of the Lot-et-Garonne chamber of agriculture since 2013, one of three run in France by the union . Many observers of the farming world saw his hand in the muscular welcome given to the Head of State on Saturday February 24, the day of the inauguration of the show.


The “yellow caps” of the CR weren’t alone within the coup, which additionally included representatives of the bulk unions, the FNSEA and the Young Farmers, and some agitators related to the acute proper. But Emmanuel Macron took benefit of it to, within the course of, set up a hyperlink between the CR and the RN, an affiliation that almost all organizations have been establishing for years and which each the union and the social gathering deny.

It should be stated that Serge Bousquet-Cassagne has just lately been overcome with actual Lepénist enthusiasm. This fan of shock phrases and actions unsuccessfully sought a spot on the RN record within the European elections in June, in line with our info. And has not heeded calls from union management to mute his political opinions.

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