The president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, distances himself from the violent actions carried out by the ultra-right this Saturday in Romans-sur-Isère on the sidelines of the death of young Thomas.
Like the far right, Jordan Bardella remained discreet after the violent actions carried out by far-right activists who came to demand “justice” for Thomas in Romans-sur-Isère this Saturday. The president of the National Rally finally came out of the woods this Monday and distanced himself during an interview on France 2. “We do not respond to violence with violence,” he asserted, before insisting:
“We do not respond to violence in society, which is a real subject, a real debate, with punitive expeditions, with private justice or with vengeful slogans. »
“Macron has given up protecting the French”
On the contrary, continues Jordan Bardella, “we respond with the legitimate authority of the State and the force of the laws”. However, “it is clear that Emmanuel Macron has given up on protecting the French,” he accuses, thus seeming to place the responsibility for current tensions on the executive.
After the death of young Thomas, killed leaving a ball in Crépol on the night of Saturday November 18 to Sunday November 19, the RN immediately seized on this tragedy, as did Les Républicains and Reconquête. In the aftermath of the events, Jordan Bardella denounced a “savagery which disrupts lives and destroys others”, while Marine Le Pen spoke of “raids”.
“The French are not fools”
This Saturday, around a hundred ultra-right activists hooded and dressed in black demonstrated in the streets of the popular Monnaie district in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme), where some of the young people involved in the death of this high school student would be from. .
Clashes with the police took place. The next day, around forty identity activists gathered in the city center before being dispersed by the police. In total, 24 people have been taken into custody since Friday in connection with these two episodes.
Jordan Bardella contests the political “redress lawsuits” against the Flame Party and refuses to see his party’s speech as a trigger for these events. He responds to the accusations of left-wing elected officials and the majority, addressing more particularly the Renaissance deputy Sacha Houlié, after pointing out the “political responsibility” of the RN.
“All these people have a responsibility for the explosion of violence today, in the cities, the countryside, the rural areas,” attacks the 28-year-old elected official, assuring that “the French are not fooled.”