Bardella’s New Argument Against the Presence of the Artist

Jordan Bardella, the president of the National Rally, made an appearance on C à vous on Wednesday, March 27th, where he stated that Aya Nakamura was not “consensual” enough to represent France at the Olympics.

Bardella expressed his opinion that Aya Nakamura’s global success is undeniable, but he believes that a more consensus artist could have been chosen instead. He also mentioned that someone who has been convicted of domestic violence should not represent France at an event that symbolizes unity and harmony.

Aya Nakamura and her ex-partner, producer Vladimir Boudnikoff, were fined for “mutual domestic violence” in August 2022. This is the first time the National Rally has used this argument, previously focusing on the singer’s attire, vulgarity, and not singing in French.

Aya Nakamura has been targeted by the far-right, with incidents such as being mentioned and booed at a meeting of Eric Zemmour and a hateful banner shared online by an ultra-right group. These racist attacks have led to an investigation by the Paris prosecutor’s office following a report from the Licra.

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