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France | Chambermaid in the National Assembly

France |  Chambermaid in the National Assembly

Legislative elections in France have caused some surprises, including

Posted at 6:00 p.m.

Jean-Christophe Lawrence

Jean-Christophe Lawrence
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A surprise? Who is that

Rachel KK. Pronounce Kéké. She was elected last Sunday at 7 p.m.E Wall-de-Marne constituency, party for France insomnis (radical left). Surprise because this 47-year-old Franco-Ivorian was the first chamberlain to enter the National Assembly.

Room maid? Nice feat!

Yes, especially since she defeated former sports minister Roxana Marassini in the Macronist government! With a very small margin, it must be said: only 177 votes were cast (50.3% against 49.7%)!

But where did this Rachel Keke come from?

The mother of five arrived in France in 2000 and was adopted in 2015. She gained prominence in 2019 during a 22-month strike by chambermaids at the Ibis Hotel in the Paris area. This highly publicized labor dispute ended in favor of the strikers. Better salaries, better working conditions and better uniforms (cotton instead of synthetic)! This marked the beginning of his political career.

How do you see her role as an MP?

As an extension of its union ideals. She portrays herself as the “voice of the voiceless”. She wants to protect the rights of invisible workers. Chambermaids, but also faculty, guardians, beneficiary assistants, security guards, and so on. “France does not exist without the necessary workers,” she often repeats. Coming from the working class, she defended the proximity policy and promised to “roar” herself if necessary.

Good message

In effect. ButMe Keke was not long in being embroiled in controversy. Some of his old Facebook posts from 2018 came to light again on social media this week. She especially supported the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the national rally of the Marine Le Pen, which is the height of leftist immigrants! She assumes, but develops in terms of ideas: “I have shared posts that do not fully reflect who I am and what I am defending in my political struggle today. ⁇

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Very fire baptism!

Yes, and it probably is not over. Some political columnists have already denounced her illiteracy (she dropped out of school in sixth grade). “You can not be a deputy and an ignoramus,” started right-wing politician Elizabeth Levy, who prayed that she would not wear her African bow in the assembly. Others, on the other hand, see it as living proof that everyone can be elected as an MP regardless of origins and professional background.

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

No, other dissident candidates will also enter the French Parliament. A delivery driver who wants to fight poverty, an organic farm worker, a pro-LGBTQ + teleoperator, a beneficiary attendant, a postwoman, a bodyguard, a policeman who is a former professional boxer, a taxi driver who fights against “uberization” sector and – caution – blind piano France Vice Champion in Tuner, Bodybuilding! We will not be bored!

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