within the Cévennes, left-wing voters are mobilizing towards the “fed-up vote” | EUROtoday

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“A big slap and infinite sadness. » Colinda Ferraud has no other words to describe the evening of Sunday June 9. In the kitchen of her house in the Cévennes, she, usually so “enthusiastic and positive”is having issue digesting the results of the European elections and his morale has been yo-yoing for ten days. “The sadness of the morning sometimes gives way to moments of hope”acknowledges the forty-year-old.

Colinda Ferraud, 43, presenter and director, is concerned in native life and with youngsters.  She develops creative tasks round dwell performances and movies, with a purpose to create social connections.  “When I see where I live, in this paradise, I tell myself that I can give a little time outside.  » In Roquedur (Gard), June 17, 2024. Colinda Ferraud, 43, presenter and director, is involved in local life and with children.  She develops artistic projects around live performances and films, in order to create social connections.  “When I see where I live, in this paradise, I tell myself that I can give a little time outside.  » In Roquedur (Gard), June 17, 2024.
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Here, below the attention of Mount Aigoual, in Protestant lands, the National Rally (RN) has infiltrated. In Vigan (Gard), the big city within the valley, the Frontist celebration had by no means come out on high. ” Never “, repeats Colinda Ferraud. The Europeans shattered this pleasure: Jordan Bardella obtained 23.2% of the votes within the metropolis and 36.1% throughout the 5e constituency of Gard. This skilled animator, who leads theater or cinema tasks with faculty youngsters, youngsters, households, in her touring caravan, goes over the figures in her head. This bothers her, she want to perceive. “This means that, inevitably, among all the people I meet, some vote RN…”

A bit of over a 12 months in the past, Le Vigan mobilized towards pension reform. More than 800 individuals participated within the rallies, on this city of lower than 4,000 inhabitants, led by Sylvie Arnal (varied left) and the place the president of the group of communes is a trustworthy of the socialist Carole Delga, on the head of the Occitanie area. Once every week, opponents met at 6:30 p.m. on the city corridor sq. to burn the invoice. The “yellow vests”, the collective of precarious employees, the unions, CGT within the lead, and different associations moved ahead collectively. Almost on the identical time, the inhabitants was additionally combating towards the closure of the Ganges maternity ward (Hérault), twenty minutes away.

“These collective and citizen struggles did not happen by chance. We all have it in our blood. Our families all mobilized one day to defend work. Here, there is a strong feeling of belonging to a territory that we do not want to see die”, explains Coralie Joly, chief of the native CGT union. Colinda Ferraud, who’s neither a part of a political celebration nor a member of a union, drew new vitality from it. She filmed all these moments and made a brief movie. “I felt a surge of solidarity, we introduced households, one thing united ussays the mom of two teenage ladies. Something stunning was taking place. »

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