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From our particular correspondent within the Parisian procession – Hundreds of hundreds of French individuals poured into the streets on Saturday to say no to the far proper, responding to the decision of a broad united entrance of unions, associations and the left-wing coalition of the New Popular Front. Faced with the specter of an RN on the gates of energy, citizen mobilization was on an unprecedented scale, fueled by the worry of seeing the far proper impose itself and by the hope of a change of course with a united left.

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At the age of 16, Philomène skilled her very first manifestation. “There is a good-natured atmosphere that reigns, without violence or excess,” she rejoices, accompanied by her father, initially from Martinique. The RN's rating within the Europeans was an electrical shock for the household. “Our ancestors experienced slavery, it’s obvious to march against the extreme right today,” explains his father with conviction. Philomène continues: “Me, I am here for my future. I do not want to live in a racist and fascist France”.

After the dissolution of the National Assembly by Emmanuel Macron, the specter of a victory of the National Rally within the legislative elections and the accession of Jordan Bardella to Matignon galvanizes the anti-RN demonstrators, who responded in giant numbers to the decision of unions, associations and all of the left-wing forces of the New Popular Front.

In Paris, the demonstration ranging from Place de la République in direction of Nation introduced collectively 250,000 individuals in response to the organizers, 75,000 in response to the police headquarters. In complete, the CGT counted 640,000 demonstrators at 182 rallies in France.

Emmanuel Macron, a “springboard” to the far proper

It’s virtually 2 p.m., Place de la République is filling up. Marie, 21, has gotten into the behavior of taking to the streets because the demonstrations towards the pension reform in 2023. “Emmanuel Macron has never been a bulwark for the far right, he is its springboard,” says sorry the coed. With the slogan “Who could have predicted this barbazbeul” (“zbeul” means “disorder” in colloquial language) written on her signal, she needs to seek advice from an expression that commonly comes up within the president's mouth: “Who could have predicted? ”

On different banners, many messages are addressed to Jordan Bardella. “It’s okay Bard there!” and even “Bardella, get out of it, Europe is not yours!”. With 33% of voting intentions, the National Rally got here out clearly within the lead within the first spherical of the legislative elections on June 30, forward of the New Popular Front (25%) and the presidential majority (20%), in response to an Opinionway ballot.

Within the procession, all generations rub shoulders: college students and youngsters, younger dad and mom, but in addition retirees. At 80, Chantal got here to “try to make a difference and reverse the trend”. This left-wing activist insists: “It's good to demonstrate AGAINST the extreme right, but I also came to demonstrate FOR the left!”, enthuses the one who’s “convinced that a reconstruction of the left is possible and necessary .”

Barely united below the New Popular Front, the choice of La France insoumise (LFI) to not reinvest a number of figures against Jean-Luc Mélenchon prompted a disaster earlier within the day, aggravated by the shock candidacy of François Hollande in Corrèze. On the one hand, Adrien Quatennens, near Mélenchon and convicted in 2022 for home violence, was reinvested, whereas Danielle Simonnet, Raquel Garrido and Alexis Corbière, historic outgoing deputies, had been eliminated.

“Moment of unity”

Beyond inside tensions, the dedication of left-wing activists to the legislative elections stays intact. Like Amine, who seeks to mobilize as lots of his family members as potential to vote for the New Popular Front checklist. “At my level, I have gathered around ten lists of proxies, and I put those who cannot vote in contact with those who can,” explains this 37-year-old father. “By multiplying these efforts, I am sure that we will succeed!”

While an arrival to energy of the far proper appears potential on July 7, some individuals within the Parisian procession draw parallels with the scenario in different nations. Suzet, a 63-year-old Franco-Brazilian, fears that France will turn out to be just like the Brazil of Jair Bolsonaro – far-right president from 2019 to 2022 – the place black ladies like her undergo “intolerable oppression”. In France, “a reference for the left” in response to her, she fears a step backwards and demonstrates to “experience a moment of unity.”

Several personalities joined the demonstrators. Notably the leaders of the New Popular Front like Marine Tondelier, nationwide secretary of EELV, or Marylise Léon, common secretary of the CFDT.

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“This is a historic moment, we are potentially in a tipping point for democracy, it is absolutely necessary that everyone mobilizes,” underlined Marylise Léon, at first of the Parisian procession.

In the parade, loads of music was performed on a loop, notably “Marine” by Diams, coated in refrain by the SOS Racisme procession. This anti-FN tune, launched 20 years in the past and addressed to the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, appeared extra related right now than ever within the ranks of the demonstration.