In Uzès, a seemingly rich city, “people have nothing left to lose” | EUROtoday

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In entrance of the facade of the tobacco bar Le Provençal, in Uzès (Gard), the slate doesn’t go unnoticed: “Here, we love France, its flag and The Marseillaise, but not the RN. » The customer is notified. Some come to congratulate the boss, Alexandre Gonçalves De Oliveira, while others turn their backs on him. He does not care. This child of Portuguese immigrants had a very difficult time on the evening of June 9, when he discovered the score of the National Rally (RN) in the European elections. He didn't sleep all night, he whose father had to leave his native country and the “Estado novo” of Salazar. “At 46, I don’t want to make the trip again in the other direction”explains the dealer, offended at what he equates to ” fashion “an epidemic generated by “telephone and social networks”. To hear it, the frontist vote “is not a vote of adhesion. In the area, we have a lot of farmers. They hire immigrant labor ». But behind his counter, between two coffees, he is already writing the scripts: “Bardella prime minister; Ciotti minister of defense or interior. The Frenchman likes to scare himself. »

Alexandre Goncalves De Oliveira, 46 years old, owner of the bar Le Provençal.  “I've had this café since 2007, this sign that I put up since Sunday's elections, it appeals to people.  If some people aren't happy, let them go and get their coffee elsewhere.  I am of Portuguese origin, my father fled Portugal fifty years ago, I do not want my children to flee in the other direction.  » Alexandre Goncalves De Oliveira, 46 years old, owner of the bar Le Provençal.  “I've had this café since 2007, this sign that I put up since Sunday's elections, it appeals to people.  If some people aren't happy, let them go and get their coffee elsewhere.  I am of Portuguese origin, my father fled Portugal fifty years ago, I do not want my children to flee in the other direction.  »

In this stylish metropolis within the south-east of France, politics shouldn’t be a dialog that takes place within the public sq.. The mayor (Les Républicains), Jean-Luc Chapon, is in his seventh time period – he intends to run for an eighth. The outgoing deputy (MoDem), Philippe Berta, in his second. But the European vote has shaken the steadiness of this right-wing commune.

Even if it does a lot much less properly than in the remainder of a division the place the intense proper has taken root, Jordan Bardella's record got here first right here (22%) and, three days later, deputy Berta selected to not characterize himself. “In 2022, I didn't want to go there and I saved the circo, but the mandate was very difficult. The atmosphere in the Hemicycle was unbearable. I don't have the strength for that. It's a dog's world. » A decision which further weakens the sixth constituency of Gard, which extends from Nîmes to the agricultural plains of Uzège.

Fabrice Verdier, first deputy at the town hall (LR) of Uzès and president of the community of communes.  A socialist at heart, he is against the New Popular Front, and an agreement with Mélenchon's party, which has made comments bordering on anti-Semitism. Fabrice Verdier, first deputy at the town hall (LR) of Uzès and president of the community of communes.  A socialist at heart, he is against the New Popular Front, and an agreement with Mélenchon's party, which has made comments bordering on anti-Semitism.

With its historic sector of impeccable pedestrian streets, Uzès, lower than 8,500 souls, a postcard city standard with Belgians, the Dutch and the Parisian mental neighborhood, nonetheless appears an island preserved from the poverty which overwhelms the remainder of the division. Here, it’s probably not Gard, it’s “Uzès la belle”. President (PS) of the neighborhood of communes and former deputy beneath François Hollande, Fabrice Verdier acknowledges this: “Objectively, there aren’t any actual issues, neither safety nor immigration. »

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