National Assembly: we summarize the controversy surrounding the boycott of the soccer match with the elected RN in five acts

National Assembly: we summarize the controversy surrounding the boycott of the soccer match with the elected RN in five acts

Politics are also invited to soccer fields. On Wednesday, September 28, deputies and former professional players such as Sonny Anderson or Christian Karembeu will have to participate in a football match, the proceeds of which will be donated to the “e-Enfance” association, which fights against bullying and cyberbullying, with the national number 30 18.

But on the eve of the meeting held at the Emile Anthoine stadium, in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the deputies La France Insoumise (FI) and PS decided to boycott the meeting to protest against the presence of deputies. of the National Association (RN), provoking a cascade of reactions from other parties. And raising, once again, the question of the normalization of the far-right party. Anyway, the game will take place. According to Pierre-Henri Dumont, one of the three captains of the team, the boycott does not affect more than ten deputies, of the 34 registered. Franceinfo summarizes this political-football controversy in five acts.

1Left-wing deputies decide to boycott the party to protest the presence of the RN

Ultimately no. Tuesday, September 27, the parisian reveals that the LFI deputies decide to leave their crampons in the locker room to protest against the presence of four National Rally deputies, including Philippe Ballard and Julien Odoul. A first for the French team of deputies, which, until now, has not welcomed far-right parliamentarians.

“The National Association wanted to make this party, initially dedicated to the service of a good cause, the object of political recovery, with the aim of affirming its supposed ‘normalization'”, justifies LFI in a press release on Tuesday. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party announces that elected officials will finance the association directly.

On the PS side, one of the three team captains, the socialist Marietta Karamanli, had initially confirmed her presence with the Parisian. “I intend to be attentive, with my teammates, to the behavior of the players and take care that this participation is not a platform and that no offensive, discriminatory, racist or sexist comments or behaviors are made or spoken”However, he warned. But, finally, the Socialists followed in the footsteps of their Nupes allies and announced, in turn, the boycott of this sporting event. “Socialist and similar deputies reject this trivialization of the extreme right”they wrote in a press release.

twoAurore Bergé, the president of Renaissance, advises her group not to play

A few hours later, another twist. This time, it is the president of the Renaissance group, Aurore Bergé, who personally asks her troops “Not participating in a match that will result in a ‘team photo'”. Prayed, “We do not play in the same team. Neither extreme right nor extreme left”he wrote in a message broadcast by AFP.

“We don’t choose the composition of the Assembly, but we choose who we team up with.”

Aurore Bergé, president of the Renaissance group

in france info

3Some Renaissance deputies maintain their desire to play this match

But Bergé’s line is not followed by all Renaissance players. If some confirm to franceinfo that they will not participate, such as Benjamin Haddad or Marc Ferracci, others will be on the ground on Wednesday night. “In this presidential majority we are not clumsy deputies”Yvelines deputy Karl Olive explains to franceinfo. “What right, what legitimacy can La France insoumise have to give us the field of good, the field of evil and why not next time ask about the religions of the players?”he continues.

“The LFI and the PS did not have the same selection when the RNs played in the rugby team. There were probably fewer media, so a political coup was not possible.”adds the deputy of the MoDem Erwan Balanant, who will put on the shirt without “pat on the back from the RN”. Louis Aliot (RN) and Alexis Corbière (LFI) played together in the Parliamentary XV. “I don’t think we normalize the RN deputies when we play a charity football match, nobody shares their ideas, but we fight them politically in the hemicycle”adds Renaissance deputy Stéphane Buchou, who will not be on the ground on Wednesday night but due to agenda issues.

4Marine Le Pen deplores “hate, all the time”

RTL guest on Wednesday morning, Marine Le Pen reacted strongly to this controversy. “It says a lot about these people. Actually, it’s hate all the time, everywhere, fighting all the time.”criticism. “They go against one of the great values ​​of sport, which is that sport, precisely, is the place where politics is not done”adds, convinced that the groups that ask not to participate in this match will be “judged harshly by the French”.

5The controversy bounces back in the government

The ministers also wonder what position to take on the issue. If the RN sits in numbers in the Assembly, “That does not mean that we have to participate in their desire to normalize”, urges the government spokesman on Cnews. However, Olivier Véran recognizes a “ambivalence” to boycott this game: “By telling them that I am not going to play, I participate in the phenomenon that consists of awakening the feeling that they are marginalized, that they are victims of the system, etc.”develop.

Questioned on Sud Radio, the Minister for Solidarity, Jean-Christophe Combe, also regrets this boycott that “makes you a little nice today” the 89 deputies of the RN. “I don’t play football but I think it’s not the right way to fight RN’s ideas”, it is “a bad example, a bad fight to lead”. Never has a football match been so politically controversial.


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