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“A few years ago, I reshared posts on Facebook that absolutely do not reflect who I am and what I stand for today in my political fight. […]. There is no possible ground of agreement with the extreme right. Racist, sexist and LGBT-phobic ideas must be relentlessly fought,” wrote rebellious MP Rachel Kéké on Facebook on June 22 in response to the controversy she has been the subject of since her recent victory in the 7th constituency of Val. -de-Marne.

“I learned a lot from my union involvement and the struggle at Ibis Batignolles. I affirm it: as an elected representative of France Insoumise and of NUPES, I fully share the fights and the values ​​of these organizations which have made up this beautiful union of the left, ”still assures this 48-year-old woman, until now known for successfully leading a 22-month strike with her colleagues at the Ibis Batignolles hotel (between 2019 and 2021).

In question, the exhumation of some of her old publications on social networks, as well as her membership in certain Facebook groups, all suggesting in particular a certain appetite of this Franco-Ivorian chambermaid for a political identity discourse.

Controversy around shared posts and membership in groups

The controversy in question received a media echo, like a survey carried out by the team of Releasewhich looks back on a series of content shared between 2016 and 2019 by Rachel Kéké.

In addition to publications by the National Rally or even the online press review Fdesouche, mention is made in particular of the fact that it relayed in 2018 a post from the identity group Bastion social (dissolved in April 2019 in the Council of Ministers) which called for “supporting the Syrian people and their president”. Release further notes that Rachel Kéké was also pinned for sharingseveral postsconsidered hateful towards North Africans.

On social networks, the controversy has not failed to be taken up by the presidential majority. “We learn more every minute about some new MPs. There, forgive me but my arms are falling, ”for example tackled MEP Nathalie Loiseau on Twitter, herself used to blows that sometimes have embarrassing consequences for Macronie.

“Rachel Kéké admits having supported the regime of El Assad (sic) and Mrs. Le Pen for the presidency in 2017. She shared racist and homophobic publications. I remind you that it is a crime ”, also reacted the former Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu, her opponent beaten in the legislative elections.


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