Rousseau explains his ‘awkward expression’ on ‘Ku Klux Klan groups’

POLITICS – “That expression was exaggerated.” Sandrine Rousseau on Monday, March 7, echoed her comments made two days earlier in Toulouse, where she said she was “depressed to do politics in Ku Klux Klan groups”. She denies targeting the EELV party, but uses a “voluntarily shocking” expression to bring up a problematic phenomenon.

“I was talking about the Ku Klux Klan and it was uncomfortable on my part,” Sandrine Rousseau recognizes on the set of “4 Truths” on France 2. “In the fire”, she “doesn’t remember exactly” the terms she used but she assures him, “Clearly it wasn’t EELV who was targeted, no way obvious.”

On the other hand, Sandrine Rousseau wants to highlight a phenomenon that worries her behind this “clumsy” formula: the “rise of the extreme right” and “white supremacy”, embodied in particular by Éric Zemmour.

“I used this intentionally shocking expression to say that we are faced with the far right that is on the rise in a historic way, we are faced with white supremacy,” specifies the former chairman of Yannick Jadot’s political council.

“You really have to respond. This phenomenon is not contested enough in today’s political debate. We’re at 30% (combining the voting intentions in the polls for Éric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen, editor’s note), it’s historic. We really have to measure up,” laments the ecologist, who is regularly targeted by the extreme right because of his commitments.

With her controversial statement, Sandrine Rousseau also wants to draw attention to the weak representation of the working class in the political sphere. “It’s a huge topic. We cannot do politics alone with the homogeneity of the political public. We see it in the Assembly, we see it in the government, we see it in our political parties: the militants are not as diverse as we would hope,” she assures us.

Despite his exclusion, Rousseau will be on Jadot . to vote

After public disagreements with Yannick Jadot, Sandrine Rousseau was banned from the environmental campaign team after an article was published in the Parisian where she was very critical of her side. From now on, she sees herself lent by the entourage of the candidate with the greatest intentions, to the legislature even the Congress of the Greens. The issue of his support for the Insoumi, who have been reaching him for several months, is also gaining ground.

But the person concerned firmly denied any rally to Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “My family is political ecology. I am a member of EELV and will remain so. Even though I am treated with bad manners within this campaign,” she says.

She especially regrets “the lack of consultation in the campaign and the lack of consultation on the candidate’s positions.” “At the end of the primary, complementarity was a bit mandatory,” recalls the ecologist, who finished second behind Yannick Jadot by just 3 points.

“Tout l’électorat que j’avais amené à l’écologie politique se retrouve aujourd’hui, flottant, indécis, voire à changer de camp parce qu’il ne se retrouvait pas dans la candidature” de Yannick Jadot, pointe-t- she. The EELV candidate gets less than 10% in the voting intentions, just over a month after the first round.

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