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The head of the National Rally list for the European elections, Jordan Bardella, during a meeting in Montbeliard (Doubs), March 22, 2024.

Joëlle Prétot has just one phrase to explain the scene that captured her: “Maddening. » On Friday March 22, in the afternoon, this UNSA activist prepared to reach the square located in front of Montbéliard station (Doubs), where a rally was organized against the arrival of Jordan Bardella. Before joining the demonstrators, she passes near La Roselière, the room in which the leader of the National Rally (RN) in the European elections is holding a meeting that evening.

A queue of several hundred meters snakes in front of the entrance. “I thought, 'What is this rush?' », says the septuagenarian, retired for ten years but still so quick to don the chasuble in the colors of her union. Still stunned, she claims to have not “never seen that”after virtually half a century of dedication.

There had been crowds to take heed to the far-right chief on March 22. Around 2,000 individuals, possibly even just a little extra, in a packed venue. Many younger individuals, in addition to individuals from Besançon, Alsace, the Territoire de Belfort and different areas of the Grand-Est.

Many fronts

Of the “local people” had additionally moved: Mme Prétot claims to have acknowledged ” some “. On the opposite hand, those that had responded to the decision from a number of worker organizations, left-wing events and associations to denounce the presence of the president of the RN could possibly be counted on the fingers of 1 hand: between 100 and 200, after contributors. “What surprised and disappointed me was not so much the crowd at the Bardella meeting, because I had anticipated it. It is rather the failure of the counter-demonstration that we tried to lead”confides François Lapprand, FSU consultant and instructor.

In Montbéliard, as on the nationwide degree, a number of unions have made the combat in opposition to far-right concepts a central theme of their positions. But taking motion is accompanied by main bouts of despair. “The activists were not all there [le 22 mars] », recognizes Jérôme Boussard, head of the CGT at the Stellantis site in Sochaux-Belchamp. The fault, in part, lies in “stewardship” which was not optimum in getting ready for the mobilization.

And then the competitors was robust: at the beginning of the night, the Football Club Sochaux-Montbéliard, an establishment within the area, confronted the Châteauroux group on the Bonal stadium. To make issues worse, the CFDT was absent from the procession, though its hostility to the values ​​advocated by Marine Le Pen's occasion is unequivocal.

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