While waiting to find out if the Republican front will end up at the polls next Sunday, he was in the streets this Saturday.
Human Rights League, SOS Racisme, CGT, Syndicate of the judiciary….
in total around thirty organizations and unions called for demonstrations against the possibility of seeing Marine Le Pen gain access to the Elysée.
The authorities were expecting around 15,000 people in the territory, including almost 4,000 in Paris.
“We are here to say no to the far right.
For society, freedoms but also the climate.
It would be a real regression if she came to power, ”explains Jean-François Julliard, director general of Greenpeace France, place de la Nation before the departure of the procession around 2:30 p.m.
“Against the far right, for justice and equality.
No Le Pen at the Elysée”, advocates the head banner in Paris.
In the procession, few politicians but Philippe Martinez (CGT) Dominique Sopo (SOS racism) Arié Alimi (lawyer) Imane Ouelhalj (Unef), among others.
Bitter call to the dam
A banner read “Better a vote that stinks than a vote that kills”.
“Our concerns are that the far right will come to power, we don't want Marine Le Pen at the Élysée.
We are here to say “use your ballot to prevent him from coming to power”, we do not say “vote Macron”, but it comes down to that”, insisted François Sauterey co-president of Mrap.
For some, the call for a dam is urgent but remains bitter.
Activist of SOS Racisme, Sasha Halgand regrets being faced with “a Macron / Le Pen duel which the youth does not want.
We want to say no to the extreme right.
Macron participated in his rise but the useful vote goes to him.
If Marine le Pen came to power, there would be fascist militias, draconian laws”.
In Besançon, Malee Caretti, 28, demonstrates “against racism.
It's been getting worse and worse for years, we see this trivialization of racism and social violence.
The lack of debate on ecology pointed out
Lucile Muller, 19, an animation film student in Paris, is there to “contest the two candidates”.
“It is not acceptable that we have to choose between Macron and Le Pen, we already had the same result five years ago but we did not know Macron.
There, we saw police violence, draconian laws.
We would have liked to have the choice, with a second round Mélenchon / Macron, with debates on ecology for example ”.
In Paris, the demonstration is considered "at risk" by the authorities, who have deployed an important device, because the procession is "likely to bring together various protesters, yellow vests, ultraleft" and associations, according to a police source.
A video calling for demonstrations in Paris against Emmanuel Macron has been circulating since Friday evening on social networks.
And on the sidelines of these demonstrations, the militant environmental group Extinction Rébellion settled on the Grands Boulevards, intending to take advantage of the Easter weekend to hold an agora over several days.
Marine Le Pen, who spoke to the press earlier in the morning in Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre (Eure-et-Loir), believes that "coming to demonstrate against the results of an election" is "deeply anti-democratic .
So I think the French find it unpleasant to see that their choice is thus contested in the street, through demonstrations”.
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