Algerian War (1954-1962), a historical conflictfileJosé Gonzalez, 79, took advantage of the perch to evoke the memory of the pied-noirs at the end of the Algerian war. A very calculated and controversial flight, the left part of the hemicycle considering that it showed “the true face of the far right”. First day and first skid. José Gonzalez, 79, one of the 89 RN deputies of the National Assembly, took advantage of the platform offered to him on Tuesday to praise French Algeria. The pied-noir opened the first session of the XVIth legislature, as dean of the hemicycle, as tradition dictates. “Child of a France from elsewhere, torn from his native land and sent to the coasts of Provence in 1962, I left a part of my France and many friends there. I am a man who saw his soul forever bruised,” he said, before breaking off, overwhelmed with emotion. Then he pulled himself together, applauded by some of the deputies – but not all of them. “Excuse me, I’m thinking of my friends that I left there. I am a man who has seen his soul forever bruised by the feeling of abandonment and the periods of heartbreak. Obviously, the controversy was not long in coming: “Horrible, starting the legislature with a reference to French Algeria, it starts very, very badly. The masks fall on the first day”, denounces the deputy LREM Roland Lescure. “From the first session, we see the true face of the far right”, indignant Sandrine Rousseau (EE-LV)… Sébastien Chenu, outgoing RN deputy, tried to clear up: “Gonzalez spoke about the history of our country, in a peaceful way, without allowing any controversy. He is a man who defended an Algeria which was French at the time, a man who likes to remember.” “Not there to judge whether the OAS has committed crimes” Gonzalez reiterated his remarks, and even clarified them, once down from the perch: “Come with me to Algeria, I’ll find you a lot of Algerians who will say to you ‘when are you coming back, you French people?'” he said. he explained to journalists, Salle des Quatre-Colonnes, once his speech was finished. When asked if France had committed crimes in Algeria – Emmanuel Macron in 2017 called colonization a “crime against humanity” – Gonzalez replied: “No, and certainly not war crimes.” Same question about the Secret Army Organization (OAS), the terrorists of French Algeria, same answer: “No, I’m not here to judge whether the OAS has committed crimes or not. The OAS, I don’t even know what it was.” Gonzalez will have a hard time pleading the memory lapse: from the first words of his speech, which he says was reread by Marine Le Pen before Tuesday, without her finding fault with it, he paid tribute “with emotion and solemnity” to the “venerable parliamentarian” Edouard Frédéric-Dupont, Frontist deputy who had opened the first session of the Assembly, in 1986, as dean ( he was 83 years old). At that time, the far-right party, then led by Jean-Marie Le Pen, father of Marine Le Pen, had sent 35 deputies to the Assembly, and the parliamentary group was called… National Rally. Several former members of the OAS, including Pierre Sergent or Roger Holeindre, then filled the benches of the hemicycle.Congratulations from Jean-Marie Le PenIn this party founded, among others, by those nostalgic for Pétain and former collaborators, the hatred towards de Gaulle has long been tenacious: many French in Algeria still accuse de Gaulle of having betrayed them. Last week, the mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, thus made his city “the capital of the Pieds-noirs” for three days, and displayed in the streets the portraits of a certain number of former terrorists of the OAS. . José Gonzalez, who joined the National Front in 1978, six years after its creation, shares this memory. The former security officer at Marseille-Provence airport in Marignane, four consecutive terms as municipal councilor in Allauch (Bouches-du-Rhône) and one as regional councilor (2015-2021) in Paca, does not digest his exile in metropolis lived in 1962. The one who grew up in Oran before hastily leaving Algeria after the Evian agreements thus speaks today of the founder of the Fifth Republic: “It is not I who will sublimate the action of the France of General de Gaulle with regard to Algeria. I am a pied-noir who painfully experienced this story. According to Le Monde, Jean-Marie Le Pen would have planned to call José Gonzalez to congratulate him on his speech and invite him to visit him. The extreme right, to applause.
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