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Sou the crimson, blue and purple neon lights of the statue of the Republic, the phrases “Union of the Lefts” shine in capital letters in the course of the sq.. Nearly 500 individuals gathered spontaneously, in opposition to a backdrop of slogans lambasting, in flip, Emmanuel Macron, Jordan Bardella and the “fascists”. Among them, many activists traveled from the headquarters of the electoral events, the place they adopted the announcement of the outcomes of the European elections.

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The dissolution of the National Assembly introduced by Emmanuel Macron reduce brief these election evenings, and led to the holding of a rally at Place de la République. Supported by left-wing activists who have been pumped up regardless of typically blended outcomes, the demonstration regularly grew.

READ ALSO Cornered on the polls, Macron overturns the deskIn the gang, variety is important: the flags of Place publique, Ecologists, LFI and the NPA are waved by demonstrators who appear, on the finish of a European marketing campaign marked by the division of the left, to lastly demand a union. A younger environmental activist, very concerned within the marketing campaign for the 2022 presidential election behind Yannick Jadot, is saddened by the absence of union regardless of apparent ideological convergences.

He doesn’t perceive Emmanuel Macron's determination: “He is doing more than playing with the game, he is playing with democracy while the far right makes 30%. » The last time a dissolution was announced, “it did not go as planned,” he provides. According to him, the one victory of the night “is for the extreme right”. He mentions these European nations the place the nationalist proper has already come to energy in recent times. “It took the Poles ten years to get rid of it,” he remembers, fearing the results of the upcoming legislative elections.

Youth in cost

“There are only young people,” describes a bicycle owner on the telephone. The statue of Marianne is invaded by younger activists, every going there with their flag and their signal. “Siamo tutti antifascisti” and “No fascists in our neighborhoods, no neighborhoods for fascists” are echoed in refrain by the demonstrators, coming from all walks of life.

Léa, LFI flag in hand, says she took to the streets after studying concerning the scores of the far proper on tv. “I saw the 33% of Bardella, then the dissolution, and I said to myself that I had to get out,” she confides, current because the starting of the night.

Romain, subsequent door, wouldn’t have come with out the announcement of the dissolution of the National Assembly: “I'm afraid of a Bardella Prime Minister. » Shocked by the scores achieved by the National Rally and Reconquête, both are demanding a union of the left. But not just any left: Léa flinches at the mention of Raphaël Glucksmann, and wants a left “which does not deny its values ​​and ideas”. Romain might vote for “anyone” able to bringing collectively the left – even Emmanuel Macron!

Just a few steps away, a younger activist who claims to be “left-wing” got here to reveal “against fascism”, but in addition “so that the united left wins”. “As much as they [les partis de gauche, NDLR] come together,” she continues, emboldened by the “Down with Bardella” chants by the gang and satisfied that the variations between events will be overcome.

“They will never have time to unite”

Everyone heard concerning the gathering on Twitter, by following “activist groups” or, fairly merely, political figures. This is the case of the few hundred LFI activists beforehand gathered at Place Stalingrad, who joined the demonstration at Place République round 1 / 4 previous midnight on the name of Rima Hassan. The union of the left can also be that…

Barely arrived, the Insoumis deputy Sébastien Delogu speaks, to cries of “Paris, Paris, rise up!” » “As of this evening, Meyer Habib is no longer a deputy of the French nation,” he proclaims to loud applause. Slogans for fashionable unity burst forth, overlaying some accusations of “political exploitation” whereas he evokes the Palestinian flag that he “produced in the National Assembly”.

Later, as he prepares to depart the rally, he invitations the activists to political motion: “Run for the elections, force the political parties to create popular unity. » Ambitious, while the names of the candidates must be submitted this Friday. Enough to fuel concerns among the demonstrators: “Given the time it took them to form the Nupes, they will never have time to unite. » And to wonder, already, about the modalities of the upcoming election: for Romain, “June 30 and July 7 are the worst dates. It’s going to be a hassle to vote.”

A preventing left

Throughout the night, one slogan specifically was omnipresent, though undermined by the rating achieved by Jordan Bardella among the many 18-30 12 months olds: “Youth pisses off the National Front. » But is it the only one? According to Manon, no. This NPA activist, piercing eyes and beret screwed on her head, annoys the RN at least as much as the others. And yet, she is not among the youngest: she demonstrated for the first time in 2002, when Jean-Marie Le Pen reached the second round of the presidential election.

For Manon, who rails against this “sexist, racist and xenophobic party” and finds it “creepy” that every one the far-right events put collectively make virtually 50%, it appeared “normal” to “come back screaming in the street against the fascists » and their “reactionary ideas”. “We need a united, combative left, truly radical, without basing ourselves on what the extreme right says” nor on “Macron’s so-called republican arc”, she summarizes.

READ ALSO The “republican arc”, based on Macron: a determine with very variable geometryThere is just one answer, based on her, to struggle in opposition to the far proper: take the streets, as a result of “this will not be resolved through elections”. Almost seeming to answer him, the demonstration regularly dispersed, some urging others to move in the direction of Bastille for a “wild demonstration”. Few, nonetheless, appear to reply the decision, visibly preferring to go dwelling to sleep after a night filled with surprises.