In a column published on Tuesday, April 12, by the newspaper Releaseofficials from the world of culture, including Jack Lang, Olivier Py, Stéphane Braunschweig, Stanislas Nordey and Macha Makeieff, call on Emmanuel Macron to vote in the second round of the presidential election, stressing that abstention may benefit his far-right opponent , Marina LePen.
“It is certainly not the first time that a far-right ticket has made it to the second round in this way. However, unlike in 2002 and 2017, the probability is real today that it will win.” More than a hundred cultural leaders write. “That is why we will vote on April 24 for Emmanuel Macron and we will invite all those who feel tempted by abstentionism to do the same”, they continued. “It’s not just about the world of art and culture, it’s about the art of living together and the culture of a common world”they conclude.
Among the signatories we find the former socialist minister and current director of the Arab World Institute (IMA) Jack Lang, Stéphane Braunschweig, director of the Odéon theater in Paris, or even Macha Makeieff, director (still until July) of the National Theater of La Criée in Marseille .
“They are the enemies of the freedom to think, to create”, Added to AFP the Minister of Culture and Education of François Mitterrand, Jack Lang on “Madame Le Pen and her friends” who, where they “exercise of power in France”, “censor creators, oppress teachers, professors, researchers.” They “they are inhabited by hatred of Arabs, Muslims, Jews”, added the president of the Arab World Institute according to which the RN candidate “I would follow a policy of exclusion and discrimination against these cultural communities.”
“It is a simple and clear choice. There is nothing to be ashamed of.” he said, calling “vote massively in favor of Emmanuel Macron”. The list of signatories of the platform also includes the names of Laurence Herszberg (general director of the Series Mania festival), Stanislas Nordey (director of the National Theater of Strasbourg), Olivier Py (director of the Festival d’Avignon) or Eric Ruf (administrator of the French Comedy). “The world that Marine le Pen wants to achieve (…) is that of ‘national preference’of discrimination and xenophobia erected in constitutional principles, of the return to the right of blood, of the closure of the other, of the renunciation of all forms of diversity and hospitality”, they denounce