“No Pasarán”, Aya Nakamura, Bérurier noir… French artists against the extreme right

François Guillemot, alias Fanfan, is not happy to see “Youth annoys the National Front” come back into the air of time. Not that the singer of Bérurier noir has changed his mind since 1985 and the release of Pigsty, punk anthem that intoned this slogan. But the return of this slogan betrays a threatening context, as he explained has The Guardian before the 1ster round of the legislative elections of June 30: “It comes at an extremely dangerous moment in French history. We are living in a pivotal moment, and I do not want people like Bardella and Le Pen to take power, because they will be dangerous.”

The left-wing British daily newspaper looks back at the singer’s career, and also at this particular slogan. It had already resurfaced in 2002, for example, when Jean-Marie Le Pen qualified for the second round of the presidential election.

“No pasarán” sparks controversy

The soundtrack of the mobilizations against the extreme right has been enriched by a much more recent piece, which has caused a lot of ink to flow – especially in the European conservative press. No Passaránreleased on July 2, between the two rounds, thus makes people cringe the spanish daily The World. Quoting punchlines like “If the fascists come, I’ll come out with a big gun,” The Madrid newspaper denounces a “unbridled lyricism”. “More than twenty rappers have written the lyrics of this song, set to music by the composer Djamel Fezari. The collective includes Fianso, Akhenaton, Seth Gueko, Zola and Soso Maness. They all take on the ‘artistic violence‘ of their work.”

The story is the same in German-speaking Switzerland, for the New Zurich newspaper. The daily newspaper, also classified as right-wing, concedes that“You shouldn’t take all rap songs literally.” But looking in detail, “Many disturbing subjects are invited into the aggressive verses that the different rappers take turns to deliver,” he judges. The newspaper cites as examples punchlines that borrow from conspiracy theories, accusing the rappers’ political enemies of “freemasons” bloodsuckers. He judges everything equally “disturbing” of the messages of support for Palestinea nod to the Chechen dictator Kadyrov or insults towards the French imam Hassen Chalghoumi.

From Belgium, The evening evoked also conspiratorial allusions (“they want to inject a chip into our blood”) but signs a less virulent analysis of the same piece. “If the initial idea recalls the conscious rap of the 1990s and in particular 11’30” against racist lawsa long title released in 1997 to denounce the Debré law which targeted immigration, the result has more to do with drill, rap with often violent and excessive lyrics with its references to the city and punchlines that go in all directions.” The Brussels daily, which positions itself as politically neutral, then explains that No Passarán serves as a response “to an openly racist song widely shared on social networks (including by Éric Zemmour) in recent days. I won’t leave is an AI-generated musical hijacking with lyrics that are, to say the least, explicit.”

Aya Nakamura, a noted call

Far from the controversy No Passaránanother position taken from the world of rap has been noticed outside our borders. “Aya Nakamura, the most listened to French artist in the world, has joined calls to block the extreme right” July 7, relief CNN. The message was published in the form of a tweet dated July 2 which reads in part: “So on Sunday we will all go and vote, and against the only extreme to condemn because there is only one.”

The American media emphasizes that the Franco-Malian singer is, as she herself says, well placed “to know what the place of racism is in (her) country”. “Aya Nakamura knows well the dangers of the extreme right: a few months ago, she found herself at the heart of a controversy while she was expected to sing I regret nothinga monument of French song, during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.”

Fanfan, 60, explains to Guardian that, if the RN vote has increased among young people, it is a reflection of its overall progression in French society. And that The left is better represented among voters aged 18 to 24He concludes with hope: “I see in my daughter’s generation a real rejection of racism and a great respect for all cultures.”

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