For the left opposition, “the demonization of the National Rally (RN) ended from the first session”.
This June 28 was held the inaugural session of the new French National Assembly resulting from the ballot box. As required by the rules, it was the dean of the hemicycle who presided over the first session before the deputies proceeded to elect the president of the Assembly. This task fell to José Gonzalez, a 79-year-old RN deputy.
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His inaugural speech, which lasted only five minutes, did not go unnoticed. Several comments made by this pied-noir born in Oran in 1943 have created controversy.
Arrived in Marseille in 1962 at the age of 19, José Gonzalez explained in particular that he summer “torn from his native land”: “I left part of my France and many friends there. […] My soul is forever bruised. »
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When he left the hemicycle, facing the microphones and the cameras, this former retiree and operations controller at Marseille airport gave a layer. Asked in more detail about his relationship with Algeria, he affirmed that he was “not there to judge whether the OAS has committed crimes or not”, invoking in passing “crimes on one side as on the other “.
“Come with me to Algeria in the Djebel, I will find you many Algerians who will ask you ‘when are the French coming back?’ ” “, did he declare.
And to add: “I applauded de Gaulle in 1958 when he proclaimed “long live French Algeria!” I understood afterwards that it was no longer necessary to applaud. »
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The newly elected deputy then directly questioned Emmanuel Macron’s memorial policy with regard to Algeria, which he described as a “monumental error”.
“By explaining to our young people from North Africa that we have committed crimes against humanity against their parents, how do you expect them to behave with us and respect us? “, he lamented.
Within the opposition, the reactions were quick to rain. The president of the La France Insoumise (LFI) group, Mathilde Panot, described this statement as “an apology for French Algeria and the crimes of the colonisation ». The leader of the Socialist Party (PS), Olivier Faure, said he was “quite embarrassed” by the tone of this intervention.
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In response, José Gonzalez said he had exercised caution and was content to “raise his personal case”.
For Louis Alliot, RN mayor of Perpignan and party executive, “Mr. Gonzalez’s speech referred to his life in Algeria, which was his native land, and where he buried his grandparents”.
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According to Lorrain de Saint Affrique, former press secretary to French President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and former adviser to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the latter particularly appreciated the speech by the Dean of the Assembly, and intends to call José Gonzalez to congratulate him and possibly meet him. Lorrain de Saint Affrique, recently joined the Reconquest party! by Éric Zemmour, hailed a speech “of remarkable balance and finesse”.
A long-time militant of the National Front, which he joined in 1978 under the presidency of Jean-Marie Le Pen, José Gonzalez was elected deputy of the 10e constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône by winning 60% of the votes in the second round against a left-wing candidate.
Previously, he held several local mandates in the commune of Allauch (Bouches-du-Rhône), and was for a time administrator driving school.