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It is a France full as a balloon about to burst, with pleasure, anger or tears. The solely certainty of the second is that one thing will burst on Sunday, July 7 within the night after 8 p.m.: an abscess, an period, a system? Between overexcitement and melancholy, France is holding its breath whereas ready for the outcomes of the second spherical of the legislative elections known as the day after the historic rating of the National Rally (RN) within the European elections on June 9. Everyone, in their very own manner, has the impression of being on the eve of a historic turning level. While the far proper is able to win a majority – if not absolute, at the least relative – within the National Assembly, some are speaking about “May 1981 in reverse”, others about “counter-May 1968”.

An total nation stands on the sting of the void, of the unknown, as if seized with vertigo. Crossed in the marketplace of Orvault (Loire-Atlantique), Marie-Agnès (who didn’t need to give her title) says to herself ” horrified ” to the concept that the RN involves energy. “I think about it at night. It wakes me up,” she mentioned. At 73, she watches France 5 and Arte as a result of the opposite channels “do not get to the bottom of the issues.” [Elle] see within the reviews how shortly racist speech is launched” and this too ” disturbed [s]the nights »she says. “It's beyond me how anyone would want to attack all foreigners. They're going to be mistreated, that's for sure,” this previous girl is alarmed secretary in a medical-social middle in a deprived neighborhood of Nantes. “I cannot understand why people vote for the National Rally by saying “we haven’t tried them” and having only watched TikTok, continues this left-wing voter. I am lucky to live where people did not overwhelmingly vote RN.. This does not reassure me about what is going to happen in France. Because we are a minority.”

Since the European elections, a sense of concern has slowly been increase in Alain Bouakkaz, 67, a Kabyle by origin by means of his father who fought within the 2e French armored division of General Leclerc, encountered at Sancoins (Cher). “They will do a lot of harm to societyhe confides, speaking of the future elected representatives of the RN. They will suppress all associations that are hostile to them, take control of the media, encourage the police to increase racial profiling, and place magistrates under sequestration.” His most direct concern: “The attacks that they will not fail to make on individual freedoms.”

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“I am more than worried, I am traumatized,” says Béatrice Moulin-Martin, retired college trainer and first deputy mayor of Beaurepaire (Isère), her chest tight, the face of Simone Veil proudly printed on her T-shirt. She would really like ” to not know “ this Sunday July 7: “What worries me is the climate of suspicion that is already setting in between people.” She has two sons, two stepdaughters. Three are twin nationals.

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