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The day earlier than the Music Festival, Mathilde Caillard, an activist presenting herself as “techno-activist”, recognized underneath the pseudonym “MC dance for the climate”, launched an enchantment to music professionals on Instagram: “ Many of you will have a microphone in your hands. Today, in France, many people would like to have a microphone to express the seriousness of the moment and encourage people to vote to beat the far right. »

A techno remix of the 1984 song by the band Bérurier Noir, Youth annoys the National Front, was composed for the occasion by a member of the Planète Blum Blum collective. In the streets of Paris, this Friday June 21, the 42e edition of the Fête de la Musique did not, however, turn into a moment of political mobilization.

“We’re here to dance, right? »

Around the Parisian squares where demonstrations traditionally take place, the atmosphere is festive. Didier, 51, in Hawaiian shirt and straw hat, sips a glass of mojito in front of a Cuban music concert, at the bottom of rue de la Fontaine-au-Roi (in 11e arrondissement), next to Place de la République. “We must forget the elections, we are here to dance, no ? », he says in a unifying gesture. Beers fill the glasses, under the sun. A queue forms in front of a pizzeria. Rap producer and composer The Alchemist signs T-shirts to a crowd of young people on the sidewalk. Among the passers-by, a few jerseys from the French football team remind us that at the same time, this Friday evening, the Euro match between France and the Netherlands is taking place.

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A stone's throw away, on Boulevard Saint-Martin, Juana Sainte-Marie, 34, with a neon green wig and rhinestones stuck to her teeth, has installed a mixing table in front of the hair salon she opened eight years ago. month. At the bottom of this versatile and polycultural place where all hair types are treated » sits a wig in the colors of the Palestinian flag. “ We must not forget what is happening at the momentcomments the manager. But we're not going to talk about politics this evening. It's a celebration, a moment that we offer to our colleagues and passers-by. »

“A game of chess with our lives”

Shortly earlier than the beginning of the celebration, Yael Sainte-Rose, 38, a prepare dinner, accompanied a gospel group which gave a live performance on the Place de la Bastille. For him, this night is a chance to “ get out of the home, and get out of the present political context “. Disconcerted by the provide of the political events operating within the elections, he doesn’t but know which celebration to provide his vote to: “ Left, proper, entrance, again. We now not know who to belief. It's a sport of chess with our lives », he breathes.

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