Fabien Roussel, in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, is confronted with “the mood of the country” | EUROtoday

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The listing of abstainers obtained from the prefecture is unfold out on the desk. Large sheets had been taped to the wall, with the leaflets and public conferences deliberate. On Wednesday June 19, round ten younger supporters had been introduced collectively by Fabien Roussel, in a nook of the marketing campaign premises in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (North), for the most recent directions: “Here, 51.5% voted for Jordan Bardella or Reconquest!, on June 9. It's not a question of saying: “We must block the extreme right”, in any other case, you’ll flip folks on. They will discuss to you about retirement, rising payments, how fed up they’re. We take heed to them, we inform them that they’re proper to be indignant and we discuss to them about our program. And the MP they know nicely. »

Fabien Roussel is in his HQ in Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux (North), June 19, 2024. Fabien Roussel is in his HQ in Saint-Amand-Les-Eaux (North), on June 19, 2024.

The elders agree and every tackle a second, youthful activist. The problem for the outgoing French Communist Party (PCF) MP is obvious: to go and discover the abstainers – twelve thousand within the European elections – and attempt to stem the National Rally (RN) wave in a fast marketing campaign.

This Wednesday morning, the communist primary appears drained and frightened. The day earlier than, he made a number of door-to-door visits in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, the place he was additionally elected municipal councilor, after answering a number of interviews and taking part by videoconference in discussions across the program of the New Popular Front. A bit of over every week earlier than the legislative election, the elected official is aware of that the few days of campaigning will likely be essential. The political context is tense and unprecedented after the dissolution. “We are well received but people are stunned by Macron’s decision: they want him even more. We cannot say that “everything will be fine”. People know the battles I fought however I nonetheless must persuade them”analyzes Fabien Roussel.

The activists really feel that their candidate shouldn’t be calm however are cautious to not present their moods. Yvon Quintin, one of many pillars of the native part, admits apart that the electoral battle will likely be troublesome: “It has never been easy in this mining area worked for a long time by the RN. But we didn't expect this level from the Europeans… There is a huge rejection of Macron, but are people going to say to themselves: “At home, it's Roussel who defends us best”? Fortunately, we noticed the surge on the left, with the arrival of younger individuals who wish to assist after Fabien's name on TikTok. Everyone understands that now we have to go arduous”explains the 73-year-old retiree.

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