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The number two on the Les Républicains party list for the 2024 European elections, Céline Imart, during a visit to the Ferme de la Recette in Echouboulains (Seine-et-Marne), February 19, 2024.

Céline Imart speaks rapidly. The accent sings in peaks and the topics burst forth. At 41, the quantity two on the Les Républicains (LR) occasion listing for the European elections on June 9 has already had a number of lives. The final one takes him on Tuesday March 5 to the Le Bourbon brasserie in Paris, a necessary assembly place for parliamentarians. A couple of weeks in the past, she was lively on the A68 dam at her dwelling in Tarn, the primary seed of agricultural anger. But, earlier than discussing her current political dedication, the cereal producer, on the head of a 230-hectare farm close to Cuq-Toulza (Tarn), digresses. “As a teenager, I was captivated by Chile through the books of Pablo Neruda and the poems of Gabriela Mistral, so I swore to myself to go there”she says to evoke a much less romantic line on her CV, monetary director of a sector of the Bolloré group in Santiago.

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The Tarnaise girl is shocked by the shock aroused by her profile. “I hear that I couldn't really be a farmer because I studied at Sciences Po and Essec. But what is this contemptuous view of farmers? » She takes on this journey as a good student, before branching off at the age of 28 to take over the family farm. Five generations preceded her but her parents imagined her having an international career. “I needed a job with meaning”, she says. A necessity already felt at Sciences Po Paris, the place Rue Saint-Guillaume gives it seems “an island cut off from reality to see the world in two parts and two sub-parts”.

To lead this European marketing campaign, this mom has made preparations however nonetheless retains one foot within the floor. “When I call her, she is on her tractor half the time”, says the top of the LR listing, François-Xavier Bellamy, smiling. The selection of Céline Imart is firstly that of Eric Ciotti. The president of LR presents it as “the face of the future of our rural territories despised and forgotten by the current power”. Within the occasion, the place she not too long ago took her card, the preliminary astonishment on the selections of an virtually unknown particular person provides technique to reward. “Ciotti had a beef with her”greets the LR deputy for the Loire Antoine Vermorel-Marques.

“Harangue the politicians”

His fashion is beginning to impress. For her first morning present on BFM-TV, on February 26, the novice criticizes Emmanuel Macron, accusing him of managing the agricultural disaster “like a strike at the SNCF”. In the aisles of the Agricultural Show, Mr. Ciotti's crew and Mr. Bellamy's entourage change messages praising their candidate's sponsor. The particular person involved discovers the Salon “on the other side of the fence”. As spokesperson for Intercéales (the cereal producers’ inter-professional affiliation), she “loved harangue politicians », a prolonged habit on TV sets. In 2016, she accused Jean-Luc Mélenchon on France 2 of“insult French farmers”. The “rebellious” chief returns the courtesy: “You are depleting the earth with pesticides. »

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