Voting Day in Saint-Denis: “We’ve been stigmatized. Paris has the same insecurities”


French go to re-election to decide composition of assembly

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A poster for the Alliance of Jean-Luc Mlenchon in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of ParisR. Village

On the Place Isidore Nerat in Cafe Strasbourg, on the outskirts of Paris, Four French, “Three Real and One Fake”, they talk about politics Sharing some souls. One who doesn’t define himself as French ReliableKader, supports the far-left leader Jean-Luc Mlenchon: “His program is the most social and humane, it is he who proposed something different from what we have. He supports Macron”, Algerian Make fun of this French citizen of origin who, at the end of the conversation, admits that he really only has his passport left as an Algerian.

we agree aulne sous boiso And this relaxed political gathering outside elections clearly defines the lack of passion borne in France by the legislative elections, the first round of which is held this Sunday. Following the presidential election last April, in which Emmanuel Macron was re-elected, the French are now voting on the composition of the assembly. Elections are often unattractive because it is assumed that the president will be given majority support. However, on this occasion The thrust of the Mlenchon-led Left coalition is most at risk Macron’s in Parliament, which would complicate his governance.

otherwise this One of the villages in the Paris belt of Seine Saint-Denis, the department is known to focus on the problems of poverty, unemployment, school failure and lack of integration of a segment of the population that is of immigrant origin. In April, it was one of the most avoided departments, 61%. in the first round, One in two voters supported Malenchon. He supported the first round in the second round between Macron and Marine Le Pen.

“The man who has managed to mobilize the most in this area is Mlenchen. He has a program that oscillates between the ideal and the real. this is what lets us dream some more“, Opina Kader.

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“Melenchon has really made proposals to improve life in these areas,” explains Sylvie, who also works on the Aulanay City Council and is going to vote for the candidate of this coalition. He says he has lived in this city for 40 years and remembers that then “it was already rare to see someone black on the street”.

Saint-Denis was at the center of controversy just two weeks ago champions league final, not only because of the chaotic police equipment, but also because of the incidents that many fans suffered when leaving the Stade de France. The Belt of Paris has a high percentage of the population of immigrant origin who were born in France, but are considered to be second-class citizens, because Services and security are often unreachable in these areas.

“Everything is mixed here today. Aulnay in the last 15 years This is one of the areas that has changed the most., While it is true that the city is divided and there are still neighborhoods that have turned into ghettos and have not been able to integrate them,” says Sylvie.

St. Deniso

If the meeting is centered in the bar, The streets are completely deserted in Saint-Denis, People are never here on Sundays. It’s empty, explains a Moroccan-born bus driver, who waits outside an empty vehicle smoking a cigarette, near the Stade de France. Ah… is there an election today? What happened now? He was not aware, they say.

Shadai, of Cameroonian origin and one of the few passersby in the area, laments his bad reputation: “it is tarnished Suburb And it ain’t true that everything about France is bad, Most of these cities are not what people think, although it is true that some people sell drugs or commit crimes to get ahead. but You have the same problem at two o’clock in the morning in Paris compared to violence or insecurity here,” he says.

Rasti is of Portuguese descent, he is 17 years old and has only a few months left to vote but he is clear about the law that he will ask to be approved in the assembly: “Free driving license, because what it is gives us mobility and allows us to function”, he says.

“Best is Mlenchon because Think more about the environment and youth of these towns”, says this young man, who explains: “There is no insecurity here, at least those of us who are from here. For those who are from outside, it can happen”, he smiles.

Algerian-born Fatima and who go shopping with their two daughters are clear about “who not to vote for, but who to vote for”. ,We have nothing to do with the problems in the Champions League final, but with a poor safety gear,” he protests. He recalls that just a few days ago there was a police shooting in Paris and “insecurity is nothing special for these neighborhoods. It’s everywhere in France.”

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