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"Nantes has fallen into the hands of the far left": pass of arms between the opposition and the municipality


The group Better living in Nantes accuses Johanna Rolland, the mayor of the city, of "not being up to it" of recent events relating to the demonstrations against the pension reform. The majority unites and denounces “useless excesses”.

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The burning social context in Nantes spreads to the political sphere.

Symbolized by heaps of garbage cans in the streets, linked to the garbage collectors' strike, which are sometimes used as fuel or objects to erect barricades for certain demonstrators, these forms of protest against the pension reform irritate the elected representatives of the Better Living group. In Nantes.

The opposition of the right and the center accuses Johanna Rolland

"of not being up to the task imposed by her function as mayor of the sixth city of France in the face of these repeated events of violence"


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In a press release, with the scathing title of

“Nantes must not become a ZAD”

, in reference to the abandoned airport project at Notre-Dame-des-Landes, the right-wing and center elected officials tackle what they consider to be the

“small political calculations”

of the mayor to whom they reproach a

“complicity with the extreme left which disfigures the city”


In response, they asked him

to “act quickly”

on two points: the requisition of the garbage collectors and to

“do everything possible to return the city to the people of Nantes and not to abandon it to the hands of the ultra left and the black blocks »


"Capital of French protest"

Contacted by

Le Figaro

, Laurence Garnier, president of the Better living group in Nantes persists and signs.

Denouncing a city that had fallen

"into the hands of the far left"

by referring to Johanna Rolland's recent participation in a joint meeting with members of La France Insoumise, including Alexis Corbière, she said she regretted that the mayor had "

given up her republican beliefs


For her, the city of Nantes has entered a

“sad dynamic”

and has become since the episode of Notre-Dame-des-Landes

“the capital of French protest”


She points to a

“disastrous tendency”

for the

“ends of demonstrations to be dangerous”

due to

“ultra-radical members present to devastate the city center”


The barricade erected at the crossroads of the trams on Saturday, temporarily overturned by a car of gendarmes who were escorting firefighters, would be

"a new step taken"




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Calling for

"restoring order"

in the city, she repeated her wish that the mayor requisition agents to collect the waste "

which will end up in the Loire and in the ocean",

so that the

"disgusting" city becomes clean again


As so often, she also calls out to him on the need to arm municipal agents and speed up their recruitment to stop the


of the city in the rankings relating to the quality of life.

“Excessive qualifiers”

For Bassem Asseh, the first PS deputy of the City of Nantes, this speech by Laurence Garnier is only a

“diversion maneuver”

to make people forget

“that she voted in the Senate for the reform which causes the blocking of the country"

and that his political party -

"one party anyway"

- also supports.

Saying that he regrets

“the unnecessary excesses”

and the

“excessive qualifiers”

of Senator LR, he calls on her to measure up and

“not to try to dramatize”

the situation.

"For my part, although I do not agree with his camp, I do not qualify him as far right even if with the numerous interviews on CNews or in Current Values ​​one could ask the question", underlines-

t- he.

As for the accusations of a link with the extreme left, he refutes them en bloc.

For him, this movement has nothing to do with LFI and is more akin to the NPA or Lutte Ouvrière.

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On waste management, he sends Laurence Garnier back to the ropes:

“We didn't wait for him to take a position to be vigilant and act as soon as health or safety questions arose.

I would have liked her to be so vigilant about the text which will influence the living conditions and the health of millions of employees.

He also points out that this problem

“does not only concern Nantes”

but also cities like Angers or Saint-Brieuc.

Bassem Asseh - who would like to thank the trade union organizations which made it possible to avoid

"significant excesses"

during the first eight demonstrations

"on a scale not seen in recent years in Nantes" - said he



that the

"social movement continues”


On this point, he wants to be precise:

“As much as possible, we must cut short extremists and those who resort to violence so that everything goes well.”

Source: lefigaro

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