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The general elections in France have thrown up a few surprises, including these…

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Jean Christophe Laurence

Jean Christophe Laurence
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A surprise? Who is this ?

Rachel Keke. Pronounce Keke. She was born last Sunday in the 7th gradee Constituency of Val-de-Marne, for the party La France insoumise (radical left). Surprise, because this 47-year-old Franco-Ivorian woman is the first chambermaid ever to enter the National Assembly.

maid ? Nice performance!

Yes, especially since she defeated Roxana Maracineanu, the former sports minister of the Macronist government! You just have to say: only 177 votes separate them (50.3% to 49.7%)!

But where does this Rachel Keke come from?

This mother of five children came to France in 2000 and was naturalized in 2015. She rose to prominence in 2019 during a 22-month housekeeping strike at an Ibis hotel in the Paris region. This high-profile labor dispute ended in favor of the strikers. Better salaries, better working conditions and even better uniforms (cotton instead of synthetic)! This began his political career.

How do you see your role as MP?

As an extension of his union ambitions. She presents herself as “the voice of the voiceless”. She wants to defend the rights of invisible workers. Maids, but also educators, supervisors, supervisors, security guards, etc. She often repeats that “there is no France without important workers”. Coming from the working class, she pleads for a politics of proximity and promises to “roar” if necessary.

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In force. butme It wasn’t long before Keke became involved in the controversy. Some of his old Facebook posts from 2018 resurfaced on social media this week. She particularly defended the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the National Assembly of Marine Le Pen, the height for a left-wing immigrant! She assumes that, but says that she has developed further: “I have shared posts that absolutely do not reflect who I am and what I am defending in my political struggle today. »

Quite a baptism of fire!

Yes, and it’s probably not over yet. Some political columnists are already denouncing her lack of education (she left school in sixth grade). “You can’t be an MP and an ignoramus,” said right-wing polemicist Élisabeth Lévy in particular, praying that she wouldn’t wear her African boubou in the assembly. Others, on the other hand, see it as living proof that anyone, regardless of race or professional background, can be elected MP.

She’s not the only one in this case, is she?

No, other atypical candidates will also enter the French Parliament. An anti-poverty delivery driver, an organic farm worker, a pro-LGBTQ+ teleoperator, a beneficiary, a mail carrier, a caregiver, a police officer who is a former professional boxer, a taxi driver who fights against the “ Uberization” is fighting the industry and – beware – a blind piano tuner, French runner-up in bodybuilding! We won’t be bored!

Sources: France 24, The ParisianAgence France-Presse, Sud Radio and Médiapart

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