Raphaëlle Rosa is precocious. Courageous, or reckless. In 2017, at 13, she took up the cause of François Fillon, whose campaign took on water very quickly. Five years later, when the right had its worst score in a presidential election (4.7%), at barely 18 years old, here she is launching for Les Républicains in the battle for the legislative elections. His native land is far from won: the 8th constituency of Moselle was part of the Macron wave in 2017 (58.8% for the LREM-MoDem deputy Brahim Hammouche who is representing himself) and voted largely in the first round for Marine Le Pen (almost 40% of the vote) and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (almost 21%). This constituency of 130,000 inhabitants has nearly 20% poor households.

The speech is rather classic: she confesses to “fighting against extremes”, a danger for a democracy already in danger, while she will be confronted with a heavyweight sent by the RN, Christian Jacobelli, the party’s spokesperson. Against the left, she wants to “stop this ambient assistantship” and “give way to economic growth”. The challenge is above all the following: how to interest young people who are not interested in politics – abstention among young people is a concern. “By building on democratic renewal,” she explains. The only real and known proposal of his program is to integrate young people into political life, mainly into municipal councils so that they can finally vote in full conscience.

Her young age can be questioning, pose a problem, be a hindrance for some, criticizing her for a lack of maturity and experience. “Commitment knows no age,” she said calmly and confidently. She inherited her commitment from her grandfather, invested in French memories, then from her father who was interested in politics. We must “change deputies, see new faces”, to offer the National Assembly a new generation of elected officials, in order to ensure a good future for France. Having received the support of the mayor of the 7th arrondissement Rachida Dati whom she admires, just like Jacques Chirac, she calls herself a Gaullist and a conservative. Positioning enough to win?

Ironically, after the first round on Sunday, Raphaëlle Rosa will take her baccalaureate exams, three days after the first round of the legislative elections. Cast your vote, first!

The other candidates:

Anne-Catherine Levecque (EXG)

Annick Jolivet (EXG)

Celine Leger (Nupes-LFI)

Chariya Oum (ECO)

Brahim Hammouche (ENS-MoDem)

Claire David (DSV)

Sebastien André (REC)

Laurent Jacobelli (RN)