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Gilles Pennelle, general director of the National Rally, elected European deputy, at the party HQ in Paris, June 10, 2024.

The failure of the National Rally to win a majority, even a relative one, within the National Assembly following the legislative elections has already claimed one sufferer within the far-right get together's management: Gilles Pennelle, director basic of the RN, resigned on Monday July 8, in line with data from the World.

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Contacted, MEP Philippe Olivier, a member of the get together's government board, confirmed his departure. However, he refused to hyperlink it to Sunday night's outcomes. According to him, “It was planned that [Gilles Pennelle] leave the hand » after his election as a Member of the European Parliament on 9 June. However, his departure had never been discussed with the press or communicated to party officials. “Jordan Bardella will announce a basic reorganization of the get together. It would have occurred, no matter occurs. There will likely be peripheral modifications that can take the place of the dysfunctions noticed”added Philippe Olivier. Asked this Monday, Gilles Pennelle did not respond to the World.

Close to Philippe Olivier, Gilles Pennelle supervised in 2023 the “Matignon plan”which was supposed to guarantee 577 reliable candidates in the event of early legislative elections, in a party that has always struggled to line up candidates free of racist or anti-Semitic remarks. He had also carried out a large renewal of departmental delegates, the local officials responsible for recruiting and supervising candidates.

But during the campaign, dozens of RN candidates turned out to be racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or xenophobic, former members of violent nationalist organisations or convicted by the courts, while other aspiring MPs had all the trappings of being phantom candidates.

The party called upon to make its “examination of conscience”

This Monday, after comments from party officials calling on the RN to do its “examination of conscience”Jordan Bardella had recognized ” errors “ and say “assume one's share of accountability”.

In a portrait of the World which was dedicated to him last year, Gilles Pennelle, a former history and geography teacher, said he had joined the National Front (FN, ancestor of the RN) in 1987. He denied having been a member of the New Forces Party (PFN) at the Rouen university before that. This group, heir to the New Order, very well established in certain universities, was focused on spectacular and muscular actions. It advocated “the whole revolution” against the new power “socialo-communist” and the “conservative liberalism”.

“The time was violent, and the PFN was an activist construction when the FN was extra bourgeoissummarizes Roland Hélie, member of the political bureau of the PFN after the get together cut up in 1981. I keep in mind Gilles Pennelle very properly, he was an activist within the Rouen part, I noticed him there a number of instances.

The man was additionally a municipal councilor in Rouen (1989-2001), regional councilor of Haute-Normandie (1992-2004), and regionally led the presidential campaigns of 1988 and 1995.

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