in Carmaux, the “desire for clearance” frightens the heirs of Jaurès | EUROtoday

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It appears very small, the statue of Jean Jaurès, rising from the quite a few automobiles parked on Place Gambetta, within the heart of Carmaux (Tarn). On Friday, this sq. hosts the market. On different days, parking there’s free, as in most streets of the previous mining city. The present mayor, Jean-Louis Bousquet (numerous left), nonetheless, launched a “major attractiveness plan” and needs “green the central squares, remove the cars, give back their place to the shops”.

Jean-Louis Bousquet, mayor of Carmaux (Tarn), June 18, 2024. Jean-Louis Bousquet, mayor of Carmaux (Tarn), June 18, 2024.

On this June afternoon, many shops are, in actual fact, closed on Place Gambetta. Jean Jaurès, the good determine of French socialism, extends an arm in the direction of the sky, above the automobiles, however the message of the one who was the deputy of the constituency on a number of events between 1898 and 1914, constructing his struggles there, throughout strikes, probably the most notable of which had been these of 1892, following the dismissal of the miner Jean-Baptiste Calvignac, appears confused.

On June 9, in Carmaux, the National Rally (RN) achieved a rating of 37.4% within the European elections. More than 44% in Blaye-les-Mines, a stone's throw away, the place, from 1985 to 1997, the “Carmaux coal”, one of many richest in France, was exploited open-air.

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But the mines closed. The inhabitants has aged. Young individuals now not keep within the nation. In twenty years, Carmaux has misplaced 5,000 of its 15,000 inhabitants and fairly a couple of of its left-wing beliefs. “There is such a bludgeoning against power! »regrets Jean-Louis Bousquet. “Yes, in the land of Jaurès, we are witnessing a desire for clearance. The RN activists, here, we never see them, but they vote for them… I admit to being very worried”explains this mechanics graduate, who entered politics in 2020.

That similar day in June, RN activists had been towing on the town. “Ten years ago, it’s true, we were hiding. Today, everyone is talking to us”welcomes Raymond Bessou, 78 years previous, former vehicle firm supervisor and fervent activist of the Lepéniste get together. “We were ruined. The RN's posture is to defend the little ones. We hear it, in the countryside, here in Carmaux, people can’t take it anymore, they want something new”he specifies.

“The biggest employer is Emmaüs”

Purchasing energy, combat in opposition to supermarkets, feeling of insecurity, damaged guarantees from numerous elected officers: this native of Aveyron, former member of the UMP, lists the signs recognized by his get together. At his aspect, Emilia Ferrao, 64, elected to the city corridor of Graulhet, in the identical division, launches this unusual formulation: “We just have a problem with the billboards, but it's not the socialists who are ruining our posters, it's the snails! » Just to say that, in the constituency, left-wing activists have abandoned the field. “Many of them even vote for Bardella, that’s obvious”she says.

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