In Amiens, Raphaël Glucksmann performs the social card on François Ruffin's land | EUROtoday

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Raphaël Glucksmann at a meeting in Camon (Somme), near Amiens, May 14, 2024.

In Amiens, the MetEx manufacturing facility has not often skilled such pleasure. In receivership since March, the amino acid manufacturing website has change into, regardless of itself, a logo of the errors of the European Union, and the important place of passage for candidates for the June 9 election wishing to shine their social coat of arms. Monday, May 13, the deputy La France insoumise (LFI) of the Somme François Ruffin got here to get information of this industrial flagship, and to help the top of the LFI listing within the European elections, Manon Aubry, at a gathering the identical night in his constituency. The native of Amiens additionally took the chance to ship a couple of blows to Raphaël Glucksmann, accused of replaying the irreconcilable left. The subsequent day, it was the flip of the top of the Place publique listing and the Socialist Party (PS) to play the social card in entrance of the manufacturing facility. And to reply to his rival on the left.

It is 4 p.m. when MetEx managers welcome Raphaël Glucksmann, Tuesday May 14. In entrance of the doorway, slogans are unfold out on white sheets or indicators and summarize the misery of the corporate's workers: “No to Chinese dumping”, “Europe condones, China kills us”. Caught between European guidelines which forestall it from acquiring uncooked supplies at a superb worth (sugar on this case) and the “social dumping” of China, made attainable by the absence of customs obstacles, MetEx is on the verge of asphyxiation.

This is blessed bread for Mr. Glucksmann, who has been preventing for months in opposition to “political strategy” of China, accused of “ratiboize” European firms, with massive quantities of subsidies, exploiting the Uighurs, a slave workforce, and with out worrying in regards to the ecological transition. “We are the turkeys in the joke of globalization”he insists to the corporate's managers.

“Ruffin, Glucksmann, I don’t care”

Construction helmet screwed on his head, jacket and protecting glasses, the MEP now crosses the manufacturing models, between the fermentation vats, from which a powerful odor emerges, and the packaging strains. The candidate, who desires to make reindustrialization the primary pillar of his program, takes the chance to recall the measures he supported within the European Parliament – ​​the institution of a carbon tax at borders, the exclusion of merchandise from compelled labor or deforestation. “These instruments will have an impact on your production”he guarantees his friends.

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