“When he told me he was changing parties to the far right, I was really ashamed, and he felt it.” | EUROtoday

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Jérôme Przystupa wish to spend his life “make the planet more beautiful”. In mid-June, in entrance of a bouquet of untamed flowers, the 60-year-old farmer talks about his love of nature in the lounge of his home in La Chapelle-Taillefert, in the course of the wooded hills of Creuse. This broad-shouldered farm proprietor talks in regards to the nice open air, the walks and all of the animals he has taken in during the last 20 years on his Ferme des 3 petits cochons, which has 200 pigs. A real environmental activist, like Audrey, his 47-year-old companion, a long-time supporter of the NGO WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature).

In 1995, in Liévin, in Pas-de-Calais, Jérôme Przystupa even ran as the pinnacle of the Greens record within the municipal elections. Surrounded by their two youngsters, Louis and Lucas, aged 10 and eight, their 5 canines (Wolf, Chippie, Heidi, Edelweiss, Sawyer) and their 5 cats (Voyou, Poussinette, Bouchon, Bébé Roux, Princesse), the previous candidate and his spouse take out an previous marketing campaign leaflet from their archives. In a photograph, Jérôme Przystupa, who was then a sports activities teacher, smiles. Below the picture, the longer term breeder denounces “Le Pen's fascist and hateful speech”.

Jérôme Przystupa, pig farmer in La Chapelle-Taillefert, in Creuse, on June 19. Jérôme Przystupa, pig farmer in La Chapelle-Taillefert, in Creuse, on June 19.

Almost thirty years have handed since this program that allowed him to change into a municipal councilor in Liévin. Today, Jérôme Przystupa works twelve to 14 hours a day. Days off are uncommon. He has to maintain his farm working, the place 4 full-time workers work, together with his companion, who’s paid 1,500 euros internet per 30 days. In debt – he has to repay 4,000 euros per 30 days after a mortgage taken out to purchase the farm gear – ​​Jérôme Przystupa doesn’t have the means to pay himself on this “gulag”, as he typically describes his skilled life.

So, on June 9, within the European elections, he supported the National Rally, which got here out on prime within the division (35.40% of the vote). “I never imagined that I would put out a bulletin for them one day, admits the breeder. But this time, the RN really has to win.” In the primary spherical of the legislative elections, he gave his vote to Bartolomé Lenoir, advisor to Eric Ciotti, LR candidate who joined the RN, who got here out on prime, forward of the New Popular Front (NFP), with 33.2% of the vote. “We are very happy, even if we would have liked even more votes”he feedback on the cellphone on the 1er July. Unsurprisingly, he’ll vote Lenoir once more on July 7, with the hope of swinging this constituency received in 2022 by La France insoumise (LFI).

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