In Lille, the Quatennens banged the drum for re-election

In Lille, the Quatennens banged the drum for re-election

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Lille (AFP) – Behind his drums or on guitar, the rock star opposed: Adrien Quatennens gave “The Show” on Tuesday to a concert in Lille, where the number from “Gil Mélenchon” was his re-election favourite. Already ready, he says, to enter the government.

In hand, in front of his cymbals and his drum, the elected LFI with an incomparable red brush begins his meeting in a room at Lille, with his group, Les Insousols.

He then follows up on “The Joint Cutter’s Daughter,” this time on guitar, along with the evening’s other star: singer Hubert Felix Theven, who came on as a “friend.”

Musician and singer Hubert Felix Thévenne and LFI MP Adrian Koatenins, candidate of the left-wing Nupes coalition for the upcoming legislative elections, during a meeting at the Sebastopol Theater in Lille, June 7, 2022 Francois Le Preste AFP

In the meantime, that rock fan – and Johnny – will have turned down the key points of Nupes, SMIC at 1,500 euros and retirement at 60. With this combination of genres, the MP intends to fight “resignation” and abstain from voting.

In 2017, the 27-year-old client advisor was virtually unknown when he was elected MP, by 46 votes, in the North’s 1st District. He has since become the second-in-command of the main French left-wing party as coordinator.

“It’s hard to see how the public could escape it,” said Tristan Hutt, a professor of political science at Lille.

– ‘Step high’ –

In the districts of the “Queen” of Lille, which brings together the heart of Lille and many of the capital’s working-class neighborhoods, the man particularly encounters Vanessa Duhamel, a middle store owner for LREM, Thomas Faber, a young UDI teacher for the Right, and Carol Leclerc, a local figure in the RN.

LFI Vice Adrien Quatennens talking while playing guitar with his group "Insosols" During a meeting at the Sebastopol Theater in Lille, June 7, 2022
LFI Vice Adrien Quatennens plays guitar with his group “Les InSousols” during a meeting at the Sébastopol Theater in Lille, June 7, 2022 Francois Le Preste AFP

The sector, long won by the Socialists, voted more than 40% for Mélenchon in the first round of the presidential election and can count on a well-established youth organisation.

Nupes aims to be in the second round in “400 to 500” constituencies out of 577, assures another LFI deputy from the North, thirty-year-old Ugo Bernalesis, who is also well positioned for re-election in the second constituency.

But by having the majority, “the march is high,” admits Adrien Kwatenins. “The + gap that must be bridged depends on the level of popular mobilization.”

So the campaign was carried out through football matches and petanque tournaments to reach “those who do not vote”.

That evening, some came free to Thiéfaine. Others favor the candidate, such as Théo Malherbe Barré, a 21-year-old film student who appreciates his “influential but peaceful” side. “And then, Melenchon, she’s not the same age,” he asserts.

Musician and singer Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine and LFI deputy Adrien Quatennens, candidate for the Left Alliance Nupes, during a meeting at the Sébastopol Theater in Lille, June 7, 2022
Musician and singer Hubert-Félix Thiéfaine and LFI deputy Adrien Quatennens, candidate for the Left Alliance Nupes, during a meeting at the Sébastopol Theater in Lille, June 7, 2022 Francois Le Preste AFP

‘pungent but peaceful’

The son of an EDF agent and an employee with little interest in politics, he grew up in an affluent suburb of Lille where he attended a private enterprise, the outgoing attorney began his career with ATTAC.

It represents for him the values ​​of social and environmental justice, “the label + far left + less”, as he explained in his recent autobiography, “Génération Mélenchon”.

After becoming CEO of rebellious France in the North, he continued to work as a telephone consultant at the EDF Group, attracting the title of “Vice-Call Center”.

In 2017, he took five weeks of unpaid leave to campaign. He says his opponents “didn’t give much of my skin”.

But in the face of Christoph Itter, he received his support in the second round of the Socialist Party, while the candidate of the National Front calls not to strengthen the presidential majority.

The sense of formula and the age of this youngest member of the Insomes group in the National Assembly opened the door for him to the national media. In his constituency, he’s part of all the rallies, like last Saturday, at the helm of the Lil Gay Pride Parade.

He salutes one of his opponents in 2017, former Socialist Minister François Lamy: “He is a hardworking worker with very strong convictions.”

“Very driven” also by his ambition to succeed Melenchon, according to Lille political scientist Remy Lefevre.

In the near future, the person in question sees himself entering the “government” if Melenchon arrives in Matignon.

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