In Corsica, with François Filoni, the RN goes all out within the far South | EUROtoday

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Earthquake, terramotuwithin the Corsican language. Because it was exactly a political earthquake that shook the island on Sunday, June 30, putting for the primary time 4 candidates of the National Rally (RN) within the second spherical of the legislative elections. Everywhere, full strangers carried the colours of the social gathering to the flame. Everywhere, besides within the 2e constituency of South Corsica, the place, with 35.1%, François Filoni, 66, beat the outgoing MP, the nationalist from the Partitu di a Nazione Corsa (PNC) Paul-André Colombani, who sat within the Palais-Bourbon with the Libertés, indépendants, outre-mer et territoires (LIOT) group. The latter, struggling together with his 26.5%, is 3,354 votes behind. A chasm on the dimensions of the island.

“We carried out a field campaign, with a real project for Corsica validated by our authorities”rejoices Mr. Filoni, native consultant of the social gathering chaired by Jordan Bardella. This former CGT unionist, who chaired the Ajaccio industrial tribunal, is much from being unknown in Corsica, the place he has campaigned in virtually all of the events.

A communist in his early youth, Mr. Filoni was then a member of Jean-Pierre Chevènement's Citizens' Movement on the finish of the Nineteen Nineties. “He is in some way the diamond point of the republican current”estimated the Minister of the Interior of the Jospin authorities.

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Mr. Filoni then joined the joint record of the previous mayor of Ajaccio Simon Renucci (varied left), in 2001; to, 13 years later, swell the ranks of his successor and opponent, Laurent Marcangeli, mayor (Les Républicains, then Horizons) from 2014 to 2022. Mr. Filoni lastly slammed the door of the municipal council to take the reins of the far-right social gathering on the island, in November 2021.

“Turning around is second nature to him.”

An inconsistency which earned him the wrath of his political adversaries on the centre of the marketing campaign. “He went around the dial, from the far left to the far right, with a red thread, his bowl.”fulminates Pascal Zagnoli, common secretary of the PNC, decided to steer a troublesome marketing campaign “against the RN and against this character”for the re-election of its candidate, Paul-André Colombani, in nice issue. “Turning around is second nature to him.”provides Paul-Antoine Luciani (French Communist Party), former first deputy mayor of Ajaccio Simon Renucci, noting that “the only ambition” of the RN candidate is to be “Mayor of Ajaccio”.

Mr. Filoni desires of being Rastignac, brushing apart accusations of opportunism: “I have always been a Republican”he maintains, already asserting the legal guidelines that he may have voted on on the Palais-Bourbon, displaying his good data of legislation, particularly social legislation. Three years in the past, he took over an RN that was on the island “a giant with feet of clay”heavy “around sixty activist cards”in comparison with a thousand claimed right this moment. “I joined Marine's party, not the FN [Front national] by Jean-Marie Le Pen »moreover corrects the candidate for the National Assembly in a formula that he repeats ad nauseam: “I saved the individuals who had been offended with society, however I threw out the fascists.”

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