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When they understood, on the night of the European elections, that the far proper was on the verge of coming to energy, the 2 activists instantly known as one another. One, Régine Komokoli, 43 years previous, former migrant exiled from the Central African Republic, as we speak departmental councilor of Ille-et-Vilaine (previously EELV, now with out label) and determine within the common district of Villejean, in Rennes. The different, Juliette Rousseau, 37, an writer dedicated to the left, returned to stay within the countryside the place she grew up, 40 kilometers south of Rennes. This marketing campaign as we speak “ruined by agro-industry” And the place, on the time of the counting, many had their hearts in celebration.

Because, even on this Brittany with a social-democratic custom, the Bardella checklist broke by within the European elections, acquiring 25.58%, in comparison with 17.32% in 2019, and 22.2% in Ille-et-Vilaine. “Régine told me: 'We absolutely have to do things together, working-class neighborhoods and the countryside, so that they stop setting us against each other'”says Juliette Rousseau.

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No matter. A couple of WhatsApp loops later, there they’re, about twenty of them, at her place. Determined to inform a special story than the one wherein the National Rally (RN) intends to lock them, exploiting a supposed competitors between a France of towers, which might essentially be immigrant and over-aided, and a France of cities, which might essentially be white and deserted by the State.

“We share the same problems”

Local buddies got here to hitch the ranks: a trainer, a farmer, an illustrator… The Villejean women carpooled from Rennes. There is Beyoncé, Régine's eldest daughter, Fatima, Stella, Lydie and her daughter Sarah, Michèle, Margot… They are all a part of the Kune collective (“doing together” in Esperanto) and act towards home violence of their neighborhood.

“Countryside and neighborhoods, we share the same problemssays Régine Komokoli. We are isolated, we are not consulted, we have no representatives. And we are only interested in us at election time, considering us as reserves of votes. “We are always presented in opposition, these stories lock us incontinues Juliette Rousseau. As if the countryside was necessarily white, conservative and racist, as if there were no racialized people or gender minorities living there.”.

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“And as if climate change didn’t interest the neighborhoods!continues Régine Komokoli. We too would like to be able to eat organic. Except that we are struggling. » “And, in the countryside, we don’t all dream of a car-barbecue-flat screen house”remembers Elodie Foulgoc, 33, who “respect those who aspire to this comfort”however believes that this lifestyle, by dint of being portrayed as the bulk, “denies the plurality of those who choose to live differently: the neo-rurals, the alternatives…”

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